On this 4th of July, I pour over the photographs from my recent trip to New England, a near mythic place in the American Mind. And in no other place can one come so close to the those Heroes of Old they call the Founding Fathers in spirit and body- the New England burying ground.
Revere's Tomb in Boston, Mass.
It is a place thick with symbology that speaks of the early American phyche- of the Puritan, of the Immigrant Dutch, English, and German. Here you'll see the Hex Symbol to ward away Devil, the Flying Skull to send the soul to heaven, Momento Mori depicting Death chastened by Father Time. Here the faces of the dead are wrought in stone-relief and call unto us...
Stop here my friends & cast an eye,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
The pale faced angel.
"Hode mihi eras tibi sic transit gloria mundi." - My turn today, yours tomorrow. And thus passes away the glory of the world.
An Angel of Death.
A view of Burying Point in Salem Mass.
From the Burying Point in Salem Mass.
Howard Street Cemetery, believed to the field on which Giles Corey was pressed to death by stones after being accused of witchcraft in Salem Village. As they piled on him stone after stone he famously uttered between gasping breaths, "More weight!"
She still watches us.
The Burying Point in Salem, Mass, the oldest cemetery in town containing the graves of patriots, Puritans, and accused witches.
A Winged Skull, Hex Symbols and Cross Bones.
Father Time stops Death from extinguishing Life's flame.
Mother Goose. Gray goose feather adorn her grave in memory.
The Dutch Hex Symbol, here shown as a twirling flower, is meant to ward away the Devil.
All photos are copyright Tim Stevens 2018.