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Maria J. Pérez Cuervo is a Bristol-based journalist and writer who specialises in history, archaeology, myth and mystery. Visit Maria’s website.

In rural Spain, the night still belongs to the ánimas, the spirits of the dead who didn’t go straight to

On the walls of a 300 BCE Etruscan tomb, Vanth, a winged demoness of dark and stern gaze, flanks a

There was a time when the living covered the mouths of their dead with a single coin before their final