Memento mori

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jan 02 2022

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Category: Europe, Netherlands

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When walking around in a graveyard we may be content of still belonging to the realm of the living, but it also inevitably reminds us of our own mortality. This is certainly the case in the graveyard of the Portuguese Jews near Amsterdam. Many of the gravestones carry images that denote death: an hourglass that’s getting empty (and cannot be turned around); an axe cutting a tree-trunk; a human skull. The skull on the photo, with rainwater and dead leaves in the eye sockets, leaves little doubt: this awaits us all.

Happy New Year.

Photo of the week: Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands 1995

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