Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards (Messages from the Dead Book 1) Kindle Edition
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One aspect I found interesting in this book was the way symbols change over time and wane in popularity. Also, the same symbol can assume altered significance depending on its depiction, culture, or religion. For instance, the book--always of interest to the writer in me--on a gravestone carries several different meanings. A closed book means the deceased lived a long life (as in long enough to finish the last page). Conversely, an open book means the person's life was cut short. And an open book with a draped cloth over it "represents the veil of death cutting a life short before the final page of the deceased person's life was written" (181).
Understanding Cemetery Symbols is a guide that will appeal to anyone interested in history, historical cemeteries, or symbols. I'm placing my copy on my reference shelf for easy access.
I was very disappointed.