April A to Z: “Understanding Cemetery Symbols” by Tui Snider
Master List of my 2018 April A to Z blog posts:
I’m taking part in the annual April A to Z Blog Challenge for the sixth year in a row! This time, I’m sharing adapted excerpts from my latest book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Each day, I’ll add a link for that day’s featured post to the list below. [Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy my book after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.]
A – Alpha and Omega: What do they symbolize?
B – Birth of America’s Garden Cemetery
C – Coins on graves: What’s true & what’s an urban legend?
D – Doves can mean several things; it depends what they are doing!
E – Exedra: An ancient Greek cemetery tradition that carries through to this day!
F – Faces: The strange evolution from skulls to cherubs in historic cemeteries.
G – Grave goods: What’s the difference between “grave goods” and “grave decorations”?
H – Hands of Cohen: What does Spock have to do with historic graveyards?
I – Inspired by a book: The Gates Ajar
J – Jewish version of RIP: What is it?
K – Keeping grass off of graves: A southern tradition… but why?
L – Lotus: What does this flower symbolize?
M – Miniature houses at grave sites: Why do people build these?
N – Native American Burial Mounds
O – Obelisks: What makes this ancient Egyptian symbol so American?
P – Pyramids: What do they mean in Christian cemeteries?
Q – Quatrefoil: What does this shape represent?
R – to be announced… (I haven’t made my mind up yet!)
S – Stella Maris: Who is she?
T – Tumulus: What are they?
U – Urns: Victorians loved this symbol, but it’s a little bit ironic
V – Vulture wings: A surprisingly beautiful meaning to this ancient symbol
W – Who are the Woodmen of the World?
X – X marks the spot!
Y – You’d never think THIS was controversial, but…
Z – Zinc monuments have a colorful history
Want to learn more about cemetery symbols?
BLOG POSTS: Click here to read a whole bunch more blog posts about historic graveyards and cemetery symbols. I’m constantly adding new content here!
READ MY BOOK: Check out my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. It’s available on Amazon in paperback and ebook form.
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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: TuiSnider.com
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