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Monday, April 10, 2006

R. I. P. While You Can

Art historian Regina Haggo of Ontario likes visiting cemeteries for the pictures—like those images of God's hand pointing down ominously . . . I mean, invitingly.

Like in Judaism and Islam, only God's hand was ever depicted, because it was considered offensive to attempt to show the complete image of a being superior to humans, Haggo said. God, however, wasn't always above wearing cuffs and shirt sleeves fashionable in the 19th century, she added.
But sometimes, she can't help noticing the words.
One gravemarker that she found was commissioned by a wife for her deceased husband. It read: "Rest in peace." And directly beneath that, "Until we meet again." [Link]

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