We are well over halfway now of our skull appreciation day (week), but still have a couple more cool skulls to squeeze in!
Todays suggestion came to us on our facebook page from Heather. Her suggestion…. the Phantom!
Now you might be thinking “the Phantom is not a skull…”, well no, but he is the ghost who walks- a position that comes with much imagery of death. That’s where the skulls come in!
1) The oath of the skull: Despite popular belief, the Phantom is not a “ghost who walks” as he is not immortal. It is a position passed from generation to generation. The Phantom we currently know, is in fact the 21st generation Phantom. As the banner is passed from generation to generation, they must say the oath of the skull to pledge their allegiance to their new position. And the oath:
“I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice, in all their forms, and my sons and their sons shall follow me”
2) Skull mark (skull ring): The Phantom wears 2 rings- one with the crossbones known as the Good Mark, which is a mark given to his allies. The other is a skull ring, used to mark evil doers and bad guys after a swift punch. Made from the metal of the nails that held Jesus to the cross and once owned by Emperor Nero, this ring has a pretty fine pedigree! Probably one of the most recognisable symbols of the Phantom- many recreations of this ring can be bought by eager fans.
3) Skull cave: Like all good super heroes/vigilantes/defenders of the innocent the Phantom needs a lair! For the Phantom, his lair is the Skull cave. The cave was gifted to the first Phantom by the local tribespeople and noting that it resembled a skull, he got busy carving to make it into the skull cave that you see today. All the previous Phantoms are buried in the skull cave, so hopefully for the present Phantom it doesn’t stink too much!
There is also a skull belt, skull helicopter…. the list goes on! We never realised there was so much back story to the Phantom! Thanks for the suggestion Heather!