Cemetery Symbols

image courtesy Allison C. Meier
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Taught by Allison C. Meier

Allison C. Meier is a writer specializing in contemporary visual arts and overlooked history, and is also an amateur cemetery historian and tour guide. Originally from Oklahoma, she spent time in the south of France before relocating to New York and is now based in Brooklyn. Find more about her here: allisoncmeier.com

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Walking in the cemetery, have you ever wondered what those symbols etched in the tombstones say about the deceased interred beneath your feet? Sure, the skulls and winged hourglasses are ominously straightforward, but along with them are secret society emblems, carefully chosen flowers, gesturing hands, guardian animals, and other arcane symbols.

This class will explore the meaning behind the symbols commonly found in cemeteries, along with their history in mortuary art, so that the next time you go for a stroll in the necropolis you can decipher their hidden meanings.

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