Flaming Torch

Mourning, death, life, knowledge, and divinity are all represented by this symbol.

The flaming torch can be found in several graveyards. A crossed torch on a headstone symbolized sadness in ancient Rome and Greece. Inverted torches symbolise death, whereas upright torches represent life. On a gravestone, torches can also represent the light of knowledge. A torch on a Christian headstone might represent divine power and illumination.

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