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Netizens Debated On Ethics Of Keeping Human Remains As Video Of Young Bone Collector Blows Up

A video of a bone collector named Jon on Twitter went viral as netizens debated on morals and ethics of keeping human remains in one’s house.

Twitterati were visibly outraged by the lack of respect for human remains as well as the sheer creepiness of living with them.

It is a weird flex to be proud of a morbid collection.

And then we have Asians joining in on the conversation, talking about the spiritual effect of owning human remains.

Another popular TikToker, Pahari, alleges that Jon deals with the trade of Dalit human remains.

Twitter has a sense of humor, albeit morbid.

Some shared their experience of dealing with human remains in the field of their studies.

Jon claims to study human osteology, a fancy term for the study of human remains for the purpose of identification and interpretation of human bones.

Others doubt Jon’s claims of being a professional in the field of human osteology and finds him sketchy.

Jon went on to explain how his company sourced out the bones in the open market in the US since the majority of the companies that used to supply human remains are now defunct. He also claims that his company wants to make osteology more accessible to everybody, raise awareness of the bone trade and to destigmatize the industry.

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While the field of human osteology is legit, the trading and buying of human bones remains a sketchy business. There are no laws currently to regulate the buying and selling of human remains in the US.

A National Geographic article in 2016 reported that the sale of human skulls and remains were outlawed on eBay. Most of the human skulls on the US market came from antique stock. India had a thriving bone industry till 1985 when it was also banned when a bone dealer was found with 1500 child skeletons of unknown origin. China followed suit in 2008.

(Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/human-skulls-sale-legal-ebay-forensics-science)

However, there is still a thriving black market for human remains today which is probably why the “legal” trade of human bones for other than medical purposes exists.

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I cannot deal with the cheery way he introduces his skull collection like it is something to be proud of. It’s a freaking fetus skull and you don’t feel wrong having it at home?!

The way he casually avoids the why does he own so much bones by saying that it’s all legal tells me this mf is shady. Even if you’re a professional in human osteology, there is no reason for one to have a collection of human spines on the wall.

There is a reason why the trade of human remains is banned and regardless of your intention, the trade is still morally wrong. Simply because there is no way for one to ascertain that the remains were ethically sourced in the first place.

Just because there are no regulations does not mean it is morally or ethically legal to be dealing with human remains. Are you that spiritually bankrupt?

But then again, Jon did say he was from Thailand. Who knows he could be a budding necromancer or a serial killer?

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