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193 sepulchral
 

Foundations of America

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193 sepulchral



In the novel Ragtime during the hospital scene, Coalhouse arrives and is by Sarah's bedside. "His head was bowed and his two hands he held in the hand of Sarah. They retreated. Afterward they heard the sepulchral sounds of a grown man's grief....Toward the end of the week Sarah died" (193). Here in this context it is understood that sepulchral refers to death. Knowing that Sarah is on her death bed, Coalhouse begins to mourn.


Sepulchral is derived from the word sepulcher, which is a place of burial or in relation to a burial vault.  Sepulchers were used for containing/preserving ancient artifacts of martyrs. According to history, the way someone is buried represents helps to distinguish what type of person they were, thus referring to class. The larger the monument/tombstone the wealthier you were.

It can be seen that overtime these monuments have evolved. In the 17th century many of these monuments were decorated with “winged death hands” this then evolved into the designs of grape and willow vines in the 20th century (as seen in picture above). The development of sepulchral monuments changed the meaning of burial. As opposed to in the earlier years when people were just placed into the ground with a simple cross nailed into the ground, the monuments allowed for families to personalize their loved ones death, thus forever changing cemeteries into memorial grounds.


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sepulchral

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14773b.htm

http://home.earthlink.net/~sgtwebgen/sepmonument.html

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sepulcher




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