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Photo 199/365: Death Row 
3rd-Aug-2009 11:51 am

Photo 199/365: Death Row
Originally uploaded by rethought
Tarves Kirkyard
3rd-Aug-2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Cool photo! But it makes me tremble with fear.

Why so many skulls in a row? Symbolic of reason of death?
3rd-Aug-2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
p/s - reminds me of something a man once told me in a graveyard. That all the headstones facing the sunrise marked graves of 'good' folk whilst headstones facing the sunset marked graves of 'bad' folk. In the graveyard we were in, there was one lonely headstone, off by itself, facing west.
3rd-Aug-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
That'd be mine- facing the dark side!
But, am interested in the photo- can you tell us more rethought?
3rd-Aug-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well, it's in Tarves Kirkyard. The spot is famous more for the Tarves Mediaeval Tomb.

The town is honestly postcard perfect. Cosy inn, wee kirk, lots of cottages. Quiet and clean. I don't really know a lot about the history, but I'll be looking into it soon.
3rd-Aug-2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Even though they make me quake sometimes, I think churchyards are really cool places. Somehow, there's such a feeling of life in those rows of stone markers. Have added Tarves to my places to see list!
3rd-Aug-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
How odd!
3rd-Aug-2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I don't honestly know. I presume they were moved to the location they're in now to prevent further erosion of the stone. Normally these would have been flat, but that obviously is horrible for rain damage.

I do think it's interesting that skull/momento mori styles remain pretty fixed in a particular graveyard. But, they vary widely from place to place.
4th-Aug-2009 08:50 am (UTC)
My Grandma lives in Tarves.
4th-Aug-2009 09:58 am (UTC)
I did notice a few Norries in the kirkyard. Plus, one Nory...spelling changes over time?
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