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The pirate flag, which existed in many variations, is revealingin itself. It was normally taken to be an image of the devil, but often itcontained not only a skull or skeleton, but also an hourglass,signifying not a threat (“you are going to die”) so much as a sheerstatement of defiance (“we are going to die, it’s only a matter oftime”)—which crews making out such a flag on the horizon would
likely have found, if anything, even more terrifying. Flying the Jolly Roger was a crew’s way of announcing they accepted they were on their way to hell.
What was the origin of the idea of memento mori? Did this concept within piracy influence early masons who practiced memento mori?
- Jun 2020