Frog - depicts sin and worldly pleasures, or may represent resurrection. I will also be enhancing this list with my own further research, which will be noted in a different color. Bristlecone Pines - Bristlecone pines are among the oldest living things on earth. Chains - Medieval thinkers sometimes held that a golden chain bound the soul to the body.
Understanding Cemetery Symbolism View our Headstones When choosing a headstone we often pick headstone symbols and emblems with little knowledge about the symbolism behind it. In psychoanalysis it signifies human emotions. Sword - A military career.
It serves as an ever-true reminder to all that mortality is a thing of brevity. Crescent Moon — Virgin. This figure pre-dates Christianity and was first known to be used by Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher.
Cross - The ties between all religious beliefs and symbolism have always been strong. The large number of unmarked graves in the cemetery generally points to the fact that the cost of a stone was beyond the reach of many. It is universally known as the symbol of eternity and never-ending existence.
Scales - Justice, balance. To the Christians the greatest symbolic message is in the crucifix. The lamb appears throughout the ages with great regularity in Christian art and because it is a symbol of Christ: Bridge - Since antiquity, bridges have symbolized linking; between the earthly and heavenly realms, between the physical and the spiritual, or between life and death.
Ivy - Memory, immortality, friendship, fidelity, faithfulness, undying affection, eternal life. Dove - An important symbolic animal in Christianity representing the Holy Spirit.
Crescent Moon — Virgin. However, the post-WWII world stigmatized the symbol. In this sign you will conquer In Hoc Sanctis: The heart represents the suffering of Jesus for our sins. To the ancient Egyptians, the triangle was an emblem of Godhead; to the Pythagoreans, it symbolized wisdom.
Often held by a hand representing life being recorded by angels. Coffins and burial equipment can also release significant amounts of toxic chemicals such as arsenic used to preserve coffin wood and formaldehyde used in varnishes and as a sealant and toxic metals such as copper, lead, and zinc from coffin handles and flanges.
It was supposed that a pyramid-shaped tombstone prevented the devil from reclining on a grave. Snake with Tail in Mouth - Eternity, unity. While many of these can reflect religious affiliation, they can often be associated in describing how a person lived while they were alive — from determining their affiliation within society, status, personality, religious identification, and association membership.
Seeing the physical and emotional impact the Yugoslav wars had on cemeteries sparked an immediate interest in Lilly, and years of research have followed. Five-pointed pentagram star - This star is drawn with one stroke of the pen. Daffodil - Death of youth, desire, art, grace, beauty, deep regard.
Symbolism in artworkwhether paintings or on gravestones, reflects the culture which created the work and can have multiple meanings. It is a symbol of initiation, passing through the gateway into a new state of being. Practices varied, but in continental Europe, bodies were usually buried in a mass grave until they had decomposed.
Ox, Winged - St. Urn with flame - Undying friendship; eternal flame. Many cemeteries have areas based on different styles, reflecting the diversity of cultural practices around death and how it changes over time.
The small parish churchyards were rapidly becoming dangerously overcrowded, and decaying matter infiltrating the water supply was causing epidemics.
One possible theory suggests that it combines the male and female symbols of Osiris the cross and Isis the oval and therefore signifies the union of heaven and earth.
Skull - Death; sin; with crossbones — mortality. Chrysanthemum - Where in Europe this flower represents the harvest, the Japanese see the sun, immortality, and the perpetuity of the Imperial Family. The seven-knotted bamboo denotes the seven degrees of initiation and invocation in Buddhism.
Seen as an important symbol of life, hands and fingers carved into gravestones represent the deceased's relationships with other human beings and with God. Cemetery hands tend to be found most commonly on Victorian tombstones and are typically portrayed in.
Symbolism on Gravestones. by Jessie Lie Farber. What is the meaning of the designs carved on old gravestones? This question is often asked by both the interested layman and the serious student of. There is more than one interpretation for some symbols so interpretations must be used as possibilities, not certainties.
General Gravestone Symbolism. See Clasped Hands: Symbolism in New Orleans Cemeteries, by Leonard V. Huber, published by the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana.
It is fully illustrated and deals only with gravestones and tombs. Cemetery Symbolism in Stone Presented by Bret Petersen are found as part of the symbolism used on the tombstone itself or surrounding markers.
These symbols can give you information about religion, group affiliations, hobbies, personality, marital closing of the cemetery gate. The Grave Secrets of Symbols and Iconography of the Cemetery by M-Gillies Angel of Grief is the last sculpture created by William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome.
St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, Australia’s oldest surviving European cemetery, was established in an old stock paddock on the outskirts of Parramatta as a general burial ground for .The significance and symbolism of the cemetery