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Cemetery Symbols: T is for Torch

April 23, 2015
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What Do Upside Down Torches Mean on a Grave? UPSIDE DOWN TORCH: If you read my post for J (

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Cemetery Symbols: P is for Pitcher

April 18, 2015
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What does a pitcher signify on a headstone? PITCHER: Pitchers mean different things depending on where you are. If you are visiting a Jewish cemetery, then a pitcher at a grave site implies that the person descended from the tribe of Levi. (Levites washed the…

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Cemetery Symbols: O is for Obelisks

April 17, 2015
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Cemetery Symbols: O is for Obelisks

What do obelisks represent? OBELISKS:Despite its origins in worshiping the sun god, Ra, obelisks are a common sight in historic cemeteries. So how did this ancient Egyptian form work its way into Christian symbology? Although they’ve existed for thousands of years, obelisks gained popularity after…

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Cemetery Symbols: N is for Names

April 16, 2015
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What can I learn from names in a cemetery? NAMES: Historic cemeteries are full of interesting names. “Texana Underwood,” as you can see in the photo above, for example. What a great name, eh? Last year, I came across someone named “Dude Hunter.” Really? How…

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Cemetery Symbols: M is Military (Confederate Camel & Thor’s Hammer)

April 15, 2015
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What’s the story behind military headstones? MILITARY: Headstones for fallen US soldiers are easy to spot since military specifications require them to be white marble slabs standing 42″ tall and 13″ wide. While combing through cemetery photos to include in this post, however, I came…

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Cemetery Symbols: L is for Lion

April 14, 2015
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What do lions signify at a gravesite? LION: If you’ve ever seen “The Wizard of Oz,” then it probably comes as no surprise that the king of the jungle often represents courage when seen in a graveyard. Lions also represent God’s power and the strength…

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Cemetery Symbols: K is for Knights of Pythias

April 13, 2015
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What does a knight’s helmet surrounded by the letters F, C, and B mean? KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS: What started in 1864 as a secret society for government clerks, The Order of the Knights of Pythias eventually opened its doors to any man who believed in…

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Cemetery Symbols: J is for Jesus …in Cowboy Boots!

April 12, 2015
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Jesus in Cowboy Boots in Paris, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Jesus in Cowboy Boots? I had such a hard time coming up with a good cemetery symbol for the letter J that I decided to re-post my entry for the 2013 A to Z blog challenge, in which my theme was Quirky Texas. That was…

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Cemetery Symbols: I is for Ivy

April 10, 2015
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