The Hand of God

Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana

Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana


DIED DEC. 21, 1869


69 Y. 10 M. 7D.

The rounded-top white marble gravestone of N. G. Lewis depicts the hand of God holding a broken chain. The broken link of chain represents a life that has ended. This symbolism dates back to medieval times when people believed that the soul could be held to the body by a golden chain. Once the chain was broken, the soul took flight and rose from the body leaving Earth and ascended to Heaven. Here there are three links in the chain which represents the Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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1 Response to The Hand of God

  1. What resource are you using for your interpretation? This is the first time I’ve seen this linked to the Medieval but there’s not really much out there, in general.

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