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Messenger Between Two Worlds
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© Christine Till
Cemeteries have long been known for their tranquility and architectural beauty, creating a landscape of ethereal wonder with headstones, crypts, mausoleums, coliseums, ornate statues and natural growth.
For a myriad of years, symbols have been used by many cultures as a means of identifying cultural phenomenon affecting the plethora of human existence. As with all symbols, the platitude of their meanings can be ample, and with cemetery art, much of it can be conveyed through the use of symbols, characters, design, devices, figures, motifs and patterns. While many of these can reflect religious affiliation, they can often be associated in describing how a person lived while it was alive - from determining its affiliation within society, status, personality, religious identification, and association membership. Tombstone art requires a degree of careful research to uncover the mysteries of the person who once lived.
Christianity, Islam and Judaism all have angels mentioned in their holy books. Other religions have similar beings who occupy the space between the world of people and a supreme being. Cemeteries are quiet and lonely, filled with lost souls. An angel guarding a grave is a messenger between between this world and the next. It makes sure that the lost soul has a way to get through. Sometimes a soul just needs that extra bit of comfort. And the angel's hands folded in prayer are a sign for its devotion.
June 13th, 2013
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