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Sss! Snake Symbolism

The only snakes you should hope to meet in a cemetery is the symbolic snake, representing sin and Satan, hence the fall of Man.

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This serpent sits on the grave of a member of the Order of FreeMasons.

The ancient image of a snake eating its tail is called ouroboros, a constant re-creation of itself. Thought to cheat death and gain vigor by shedding their skins they were also recognized as a symbol of everlasting life.

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 An intertwined snake forming an infinite number 8 also represents eternity.

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A snake wrapped around a cross is a Masonic symbol, representing Christ’s crucifixion.

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A snake on the rod of Asclepius (the Greek God of Medicine) represents a person who was in the medical profession.

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Nutrition for the Dead

Food sculpture is not  common within cemeteries but it can be discovered on very old stones.

The presence of an apple represents Salvation.

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If the sculpture is a snake holding an apple in its mouth, it symbolizes sin.

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An ear of corn symbolizes fertility and rebirth. It also signifies that the deceased lived to a ripe old age.

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Cornucopia known as the “Horn of Plenty” symbolizes an abundant life. It is also a symbol of the harvest and the end of life.

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Grapes are a symbol of the blood of Christ. When the vine is present it represents Christian faith.

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A Sheaf of Wheat has several meanings. At its most fundamental, it represents the divine harvest and the end of life; and is usually found on older peoples’ gravestones.

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Also used as an occupational symbol. Following the death of a farmer, it was a country custom to send a sheaf of corn to relatives of the deceased.

A sheaf of corn is a Masonic symbol representing charity to the less fortunate.

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