|Examine the symbols on this
The central feature,
a winged head, represents the soul leaving the body and
ascending to heaven.
book represents both the Bible, i.e. the Word of God) or the
Book of Judgement to be opened and read on the 'Last Day'. The flaming torch
represents the eternal life of the soul.
|All of the above are Christian symbols of immortality, promising life after death.
|The two figures flanking
these symbols tell a quite different story. The figure on the
right is probably male while the left figure is probably female.
|This left figure's body is mostly
composed of a torso of foliage.
Below the female head and face the image changes quite
dramtically with the arms appearing like hair
framing a face. The rest of the body comprises overlapping leaves.
|Instead of legs the figure terminates
as a single twig sprouting large leaves.
|The male figure on the right has no feet!
Instead of feet the legs terminate as roots
flowing into the earth.
|Such imagery is pagan in origin, and represent an immortal Earth Spirit
known as 'The Green Man'. This pagan deity was reveered
because it had the power over nature which dies in Winter then regenerates every