The Tombstone

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The dictionary.com definition of a museum is "a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed." What better place to find an object of permanent value than a cemetery. I searched through four museums and could not find anything that peaked my interest into my study of humanities until at last it hit me, a cemetery I had passed countless times as a child that I had never truly thought of at all. At the corner of Cypresswood and I-45 I began to sift into a cemetery that I had no true interest in, or so I thought. The cemetery was home to about sixteen burial plots but one particularly interested me. The headstone read Friedrich August Wunsche, Geb July 20, 1837, Gest May 3, 1897. I decided on this tombstone because of its architecture and time period of the person it commemorated, it is the sole surviving piece for this man to be remembered by. A shrine of sorts to his life, this man lived in the union, probably fought for the confederacy and then died when the United States was once again united. I truly chose this particular headstone because it was different than the rest, most were designed into a more secular way, hearts engraved into them or just simple block headstones with initials carved into them. The cemetery ranged from very ornate with multiple parts and different scripts to the simplest headstones as previously described. The headstone was in a shape of an obelisk similar to that of Egyptians we have studied. An odd occurrence it seemed as the rest of the head stones seemed of the standard variety. I think that this headstone was quite well made as it has survived over one-hundred years with only minor flaws in the architecture. When you really t... ... middle of paper ... ... found an even more interesting parallel, Geb is a Egyptian god as well, in particular the Egyptian god of the Earth. This throws out the answer to the other two questions of life, "What are we?" and "What's the point?" This one tombstone answers all of the questions, though it sends sort of a mixed message about what's the point and what are we. If the deceased believed in Geb than there is a highly likely chance that they answered their personal question with the thought that they were the servant of an Egyptian god and should serve that master with all aspects of their life, even honoring Geb with the design of his tomb. On the other hand, Friedrich could have believed that the true answer to these questions was that we are humans, put on the earth by God as His children, alive to serve Him. The basis for the Christian beliefs followed during Friedreich’s life.
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