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WHO SEES THE GRIM REAPER??

In NEW!, TWITTER CULTURE on November 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM


IF YOU SEE IT, THEN TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT, THEN TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE


WHO SEES THE LOOMING IMAGE OF DEATH?

NOW THE REAL CHALLENGE:

There is a story behind every symbol or archetype. What is the story behind this one?

UPDATE:  Thank you all who took the time to comment and share your thoughts. This image evoked very simple reactions. Is the story behind the symbol about as interesting as a lecture on Accounting 101? Well, I don’t know but if you are interested, I am sure Wikipedia or the Internet has a resource where you can find out.

From what I learned, the basic story components are simple. The original symbol were the two keys only. The other images were added over the years.

Meanwhile, I am inspired by this to CREATE my own legend or fable. Look for it soon.

  1. Er, I just see the Vatican City coat of arms; the crossed keys (of Heaven, it says here) beneath a papal crown. Oh, and an oak tree. Most Catholic imagery strikes me as macabre but this not particularly so.

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  2. I see a coffin with funereal flowers that have flourished to become a tree. The keys are for the gates of Heaven and Hell. The empty crown demonstrates that neither Good nor Evil reigns supreme.

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  3. I dont see it, the reaper. Is he inside the jar? You need special keys, kept by the pope’s assisstant, to take the lid off? There are spells or curses cast around the jar. OK death is in that jar for sure! The reaper comes for whoever opens it without the keys, right?

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  4. Interesting this. Funny, the first thing I saw screamed DANGER…DON”T GO THERE!

    Clearly I can see what looks like skull and crossbones, AND a coffin…

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  5. I see the keys, both are needed to unlock the mind from its shackles of what we want to see and allowing us to see what is ~ the keys are of light and dark, perfectly balanced The coffin is merely the resepticle of our bodies as they slowly turn to dust but the tree of life keeps our spirit alive in those who live on.

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  6. The Reaper is present, but do not fear him, for within is the Promise of the Keys to Heaven.
    There is a tree of life, but encased within a coffin, for we can only live within the space given to us.
    The ribbons of life begin from the roots of the tree of life and end at the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
    The Bell will toll when the time comes to depart this life and the Reaper shall come for us all at the end of life

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  7. No one knows why the image of death appeared. One version is about how a young and promising boy in training for the priesthood felt proud of the commission. His pride faded after that. He saw not only his friends and family begin to die, but many. The Black Death loomed over all. Upon his death, the old man repented and asked forgiveness. They say that he watches over all the ancient arts so they stay alive through the centuries.

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    • The Grim Reaper is there and like my Avatar on Twitter he has no arms.
      Coincidence? I think not.
      However we should not be surprised by the symbol of death. Religion thrives on the acceptance of an afterlife. The Grim Reaper is grim because you are alive.

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  8. I see something like the grim reaper, but also a scull and crossbones. Does look very spooky tho’.

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  9. The only one I don’t see is the Virgin. But amazing that there is so much symbolism in such a relatively simple piece. Definitely saw the reaper first!

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  10. They tied the man down and after three days he relented. The end result was pleasing. What they did not see, was the image of death looming over the image. Nor did they see it still, as each one who had forced the man, faced judgement first in life and then in death.

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  11. The Seven Tragedians were commissioned to each write the story behind these seven images. Each was lost in the burning of the monastary, 1200 AD. All, except for two, smuggled out by a woman (or so the story goes) and now secured in the vaults of the Vatican. No one has seen them except for one man, who tells only of the seven archetypes used by the Seven Tragedians:

    THE DEATH (Grim Reaper)

    THE TREE OF LIFE

    THE SNAKE

    THE BURIAL

    THE VIRGIN

    THE GATE

    THE SAINT

    THE ROPE

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  12. “It is only in the mystery of death that the promise and peril of life is revealed. One’s rewards and one’s penalties are to be found in death. Death is afterlife. Eternal.”

    An Interpretation by Frank Miller

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  13. Thank you for participating in this collaboration of little tales about this symbol. My short story will be posted shortly. Frank Miller’s is coming up next.

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