During my undergraduate time; first year in medical faculty.. in order to familiarise ourselves with the anatomy or skeletal part of human being, me and my 4 other female chinese coursemates(There are only 5 chinese girls in my year out of total 180+ medical undergraduates, and 15 chinese guys) bought a set of real human skeleton from our second year senior in 1993 .. containing skull, ribs bones, spines, hips, pelvic bones, long bones, etc etc... at the price of less than RM200
I have no idea where is the origin of this set of skeleton.. (Indian? Chinese? Malay? or ? No idea...) What I know is this set of skeleton has been passing down and circulating around from the seniors to juniors for many "generations" already..
At first it was indeed scary to think of putting a set of real human skeleton in our room, just next to our beds.. a real life skull, at least a "real" skull, if not a "living" one !! Holding the skull, somehow an unsightly object, which had once been the head and face of a living person. (I wonder... if it belongs to a good looking person??) I still remember the skull with grinning face with some missing teeth, hahah... Later on we get so used with the skeleton that we even play around with it... throwing it up and down etc etc... At times, I even have the habit of holding the femur long bone with my right hand and hitting my left palm gently while thinking :)
The skeletal however had been our constant companion during our first year in medical faculty.. The next following year (when we were in second year), we sold the skeletal to our juniors... I presume this set of skeletal is still circulating among my juniors in medical faculty, National University of Malaysia :)
Too bad I didn't take any pictures of the set of human skeletons that we owned for a year previously.. (What to do? Previously I don't have any cameras.. not even the "traditional" film cameras.. and btw, there's no digital camera yet during my time way back in 1993)