The practice of self-mummification, once performed by Buddhist monks in Japan. The monk would start by eating only nuts and seeds to strip them of their body fat, then move to drinking tea made from the urushi tree. The poisonous tea would cause vomiting to further their weight loss, as well as help dissuade insects from disturbing their body after death.
Rembrandt van Rijn - The Slaughtered Ox (1655)
United Nations - I Keep Living The Same Day
dance of death; dance of the dead; an allegorical representation of the ever-present and universal power of death.
Etymology: German - toten “to kill” + tanz “dance”.