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13 December 2010

Symbolism of the Oak Leaf

Victoria
Wife of Dr. R. S. Adams
Born Oct 21, 1848
Died June 25, 1903
Mother, thou hast from us flown
To regions far above,
We to thee erect this stone
Consecrated by our love.

The oak leaf is a powerful symbol. As Douglas Keister puts it in Stories in Stone, "Just as the lion is the King of Beasts, the oak is the King of Trees." Oak leaves symbolize strength, endurance, eternity, honor, liberty, hospitality, faith, and virtue -- all combined show the force of the Christian faith.

Oak leaf tombstone located at Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum.

6 comments:

Marian Pierre-Louis said...

I didn't know that! Interesting. Thanks!

Life Goes On said...

What an interesting tombstone.

S. Lincecum said...

I think so, too. It is my first leaf-shaped tombstone. :-)

Gale Wall said...

I need to go through my photos. I found one like this and now I can't remember which cemetery. Hmmm. Maybe I have too many pics? Nahhhhh!

S. Lincecum said...

Never too many pics, Gale! Just not enough indexing and tagging (for me, at least).

Anonymous said...

I was born with a perfect oak leaf on my left lower back.I have always wondered what it meant now I underdtand why.I was really surprised by the maening of the oak leaf mark and it's awesome.

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