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Re: Shell imbedded on top of grave
Posted by: Billy Merrell (ID *****7825) Date: November 23, 2008 at 09:52:15
In Reply to: Shell imbedded on top of grave by Carol Young of 410

Carol, was your paternal granfather's wife, by any chance Creek Indian or part Creek? Pensacola is in the Poarch Band of Eastern Creek Indians area (Poarch Band is located in Atmore AL, just over the FL/AL line north of Pensacola), where the population is largely of Creek descent, and putting a conch shell on a grave is a Creek Indian custom. The conch shell was used by the Creek Indians for calling to one another in wooded areas and also had ceremonial use and most probably symbolizes awaiting the trumpet call of Jesus at the rapture. Being Creek Indian myself, I've seen it many times. I suspect that this is the answer to your question.

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