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Cemetery Symbols: T is for Torch

(photo by Tui Snider)
(photo by Tui Snider)

What Do Upside Down Torches Mean on a Grave?

If you read my post for J (Jesus in Cowboy Boots!), then you may remember how that particular quirky monument also features upside down torches, and that a few misguided people concluded that this was a reference to either Satanism, atheism, or some negative comment on the man’s life.

Well, I’m here to tell you those ideas are all wrong!

So, what is the significance of upside down torches on a headstone? You know how a candle will go out if you hold it upside down? An inverted torch symbolizes the idea that one’s life is like a flame, and that even when this flame is extinguished by death, one’s soul continues to burn in the afterlife.

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website:
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