I love to take my time visiting and photographing old graveyards. The residents usually don’t mind.The statuary is beautiful and their symbolism fascinating. Take the angels pictured here, for example. The first two live in Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannah, Georgia, and the third, in a long forgotten graveyard in north central Florida.
Angels are messengers from God. With a single finger pointing up they are leading the departed’s soul toward heaven. Their wings are symbols of the higher realms of existence, ascension and spiritual mobility. In the first picture, the angel is holding a sword conveying protection. The last angel is holding a cross, the symbol of Christianity suggesting the suffering and sacrifice of Christ.
For more on cemeteries check out Calcutta’s South Park Street Cemetery
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