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At 22:35 09/04/00 -0400, you wrote:
-The "King of Terrors" guildstone
that Niven rescued from a Sinclair us to remember
death (momento mori). The figure is
graveyard contains some interesting symbolism. On the left front of
stone is "Death" wearing a crown and holding a scythe. In
the middle is
what appears to be a boy standing with his left foot on a ball (with a
inscribed on it) and his right foot on the character "O."
The boy's arm is
outstretched as though to hand something to what appears to be an
sitting in a chair above an open book.
I have two questions. Are my perceptions correct as to the figures that
carved into the guild stone? Does any one have any idea as to the
displayed? At first, thought that it might portray the stages of
the typical signposts are not there e.g. baby symbolizing birth,
symbolizing mid-life and an old person, then death.
The symbolism is simply the march of time (tempus fugit) and
the earthly plane (which is solid) to the
spiritual one (which is the "O"
to which you refer).
Bob Brydon, the Templar archivist in Edinburgh (who is
not, alas on e-mail)
or Dr Tim Wallace-Murphy are better equipped to give a
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