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Re: Unuaual gravestone symbols / letters
Posted by: hjb (ID *****4501) Date: August 30, 2011 at 10:49:26
In Reply to: Unuaual gravestone symbols / letters by William Wheeler of 411

You've probably searched all over the internet and that's what I've done, too, so maybe you've already come across this, but here is what I found on various websites. There are some conflicting thoughts/multiple meanings:

Crescent - Emblem of the Virgin Mary
Crescent - Denotes that the deceased was a Muslim in life.
Star - Spirits Rising (also Masonic attributes if five points)
Star, five-pointed rounded tips - Grand Army of the Republic
Star - Stars stand for the spirit, piercing the darkness as an expression of their triumph against the overwhelming odds of oblivion.

Sources:
http://www.looktothepast.com/headstonecarvings.html
http://www.alsirat.com/symbols/glossary/index.html


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