Thursday, August 12, 2010

I have never seen

a frog carved in a tombstone.  But I find that if you see it, it indeed has meaning.  Here is another installment in the meaning of tombstone symbols:


Birds - Eternal life or resurrection.

Bird (in Flight) Flight of the soul. The representation of the soul by a bird goes back to ancient Egypt. Eternal life.

Butterfly - The soul. The meaning is derived from the three stages of the life of a butterfly—the caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the butterfly. The three stages are symbols of life, death and resurrection. Short-life.

Dog - Implies a good master worthy of love. Signifying the loyalty and that the master was worth loving.

Dove - Seen in both Christian and Jewish cemeteries, the dove means innocence and/ or peace.

Eagle - Suggests courage and possibly a military career, symbol for St. John

Eagle (in a triangle) - Eye of God in the Trinity, all seeing, all knowing. During the Renaissance period in Europe it was common to illustrate the Eye of God surrounded by a triangle (the Holy Trinity). The eye within the triangle, surrounded by a circle and radiating rays of light is used to symbolize the holiness of the God.

Dolphin - Salvation, bearer of souls to Heaven. Portrays the idea of resurrection.

Fish - Indicates faith

Hart (male deer) - Represented either faithfulness, thirsting for God, or Christ slaying Satan.

Horse - Courage or generosity. An attribute of St. George, St. Martin, St. Maurice, and St. Victor, all of whom represented in Christian art on horseback.

Lamb - This is the most common animal symbol found on a child’s grave. The use of the lamb in religious art pre-dates Christianity and appears to have been used first by the Egyptians. It signifies purity and innocence.

Lion - Guards the tomb against evil spirits. Like other guardians, the lion’s watch is as eternal as the stone of which it is depicted. The lion also recalls the courage and determination of the souls which they guard, they manifest the spirit of the departed.

Rooster - Awakening; Resurrection.

Frog - Depicts in and worldly pleasures, or may represent resurrection.

If anyone comes across a frog carved in a tombstone, let me know.  An now if ever change my blog name it will be "Frog on the Tombstone" :)


  1. I LOVE this. I am totally enamored of all things cemetery & funerary. Wonderful trivia!!!

  2. Oh good, more to add to my list...thank you! Lovin' "Frog on the Tombstone"...ha! :o)


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