Symbols of DEATH

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[Not happy with this one, but it’s been in my queue for several months and I NEED IT GONE]

Skull: Everyone has a skull inside their head; but, thanks to stuff like skin and hats, no one has to look at them. Fearing a skull is the same as fearing a nose. If you can see someone’s skull, chances are that they ARE dead, hence the symbolism… although the same thing goes for the brain and heart… and they aren’t death symbols.

Scythe: The bladed instrument that Death carries, symbolizing the cutting off of life. A scythe is a tool used to cut tall grass, of course; and, everyone knows that the link between mortality and lawn care has been a strong one through history.

Lily: Why is a lily a symbol of death? Well, the way I see it, lilies grow in water and water represents the subconscious in Freudian thought. “Sub” is short for “submarine” and if a submarine is conscious of itself, it has reached sentience and is very dangerous indeed. It could easily kill many… although I’m not sure why it would. So, in short, I have no idea.

Ace of Spades: This is the death card. A spade suit was originally a sword and that meant DEATH, unless the sword were strictly decorative. It’s probably nonsense, but, if you touch an ace of spades, wash your hands just to be safe…

Crow: It’s association with death could be due to its love for carrion, it’s jet black color or those creepy little black eyes. Crows have been omens of death for a long time. If we wiped them out, do you think we could end all death? No, but at least death would be a surprise.

Robed Skeleton: Skeletons don’t like having to get out of the bathtub, put on a robe and answer the door to someone who is selling storm windows, as if ANYONE buys their storm windows from a door-to-door salesman. It makes them mad enough to kill… although, they haven’t done that yet.

‘X’ Eyes: When a cartoon character dies, its pupils dilate orthogonality, forming an ‘X’. They also might have the spectre of an angle playing a harp floating away from their bodies. Never leave a dead cartoon character for very long or wavy stink lines will form above it.

The Owl: In many cultures, the owl is a harbinger of death. You might have noticed that a crow is only an omen of death… this is because the two are in different weight classes. If you are heavier than a harbinger, you are a portent… heavier than that and you are a foretoken… As for WHY the owl is considered a harbinger of death, my guess it that rumor was started by a vole.

Moth: Moths are another symbol of death, probably because of their fragility and their tendency to “go towards the light”. They aren’t a predictor of death like the crow, owl or Chuck Norris. They are a symbol, which MIGHT be a predictor if you are in a book or movie. So, if you SEE a moth and then someone dies, you are probably a character in a book or movie. That “meta” enough for you?

Hourglass: You’d think that the hourglass representing death would be from Jane Maynefield’s decapitation in the car accident… especially if you use the same variety of drugs I do. But, it really just shows that all of us have a certain amount of time on this Earth; and, we need to make the most of it before some jackass taps the top of the hourglass while you are trying to get three more words from the Boggle letters.

Death Fan: Not content with being the country with the second worst food (sorry Scotland), South Korea is angling to wrest “craziest nation” status from Japan. Need an example? South Koreans think that falling asleep with a fan running in their bedrooms will kill them… literally kill them. Manufacturers sell fans with automatic cut-off timers so that South Koreans can live through the night. I’ll admit, I thought that my ceiling fan was going to kill me, but that’s because it was right over my bed and I was the person who had installed it.

25 thoughts on “Symbols of DEATH

  1. There are crows that live around my house and so I am super nice to them and talk to them and tell them how special I think they are so they will be nice to me. I don’t think it is working though – they have turned the entire front of my house and driveway into their toilet. And when I look around at the houses near us they’ve got nothing while I have a smattering of white on my cars, windows – one even hit the very top of the garage door. I swear that one took aim. I guess I should stop talking to them.

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    1. They do have a ball and socket joint in most of them so the wobbling really isn’t dangerous. The danger is your niece being really glad to see you and you take her and pick her up and put her head into the ceiling fan. My family will never let me live that down…

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  2. It’s been awhile…what a post to return to. Lillies and snowballs really caught my attention. Otherwise, now I’m freaked out because a murder of crows has taken over a dead tree in our backyard. Poor tree…

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  3. To find a collection of death symbols like the dance of death you should look at the pictures of the 16th c Flemish and Dutch painters, f.e. Hieronymus Bosch, or look at the Baroque Emblemata that influenced European symbolism until today.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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