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061. ouroboros

Taken from a Greek phrase meaning “tail devourer,” this ancient symbol of a serpent eating its tail is perfect for a cemetery. Representing an eternal cycle of renewal, death is not seen as an end… it’s another beginning.

Ouroboros, Recoleta Cemetery

The serpent is often accompanied by a sphere—another symbol of eternity—or some other circular form. The ouroboros on front gate is difficult to make out from a distance:

Ouroboros, Recoleta Cemetery

Another beautiful example is on the Demarchi y Quiroga family vault. For an explanation of the moth, see this post:

Ouroboros, Recoleta Cemetery

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