© 2004 Bobette Bryan
How did the scythe or the sickle become
associated with death? Well, obviously, the falling
of the scythe represents the swiftness of death. But
it also represents an instrument of harvest, namely
of wheat. Similarly to the way that wheat is cut
down, so are we when God calls us home. We are, in fact,
a harvest of souls.
The scythe has been used to represent
death for ages, and is the instrument the
Grim Reaper uses to strike people down. In Medieval
times, the Grim Reaper was shown as a foul, grim
character whose body was foul and rotting. Nowadays,
however, his image has softened considerably.
Some also claim that the scythe is
a lunar symbol representing the feminine, however,
in mythology, it's carried only by a male figures.
Another popular wielder of the scythe is Father Time.
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