1. jazzlet says

    I wonder why Death is holding Time’s Arrow, and Time is holding Death’s Scythe?

  2. says

    In the whole series, Death always has an elongated arrow. I’ve noticed in a great many Danse Macabre scenes by various artists throughout the years, Death has an arrow, never a scythe. Time is often depicted with a scythe though.

  3. busterggi says

    jazzlet @ 3 -- I’m guessing the old guy just asked to swap because he was tired of carrying the heavier item.

  4. says

    It turns out that it was when the earlier (pagan) personifications of death as a skeleton were christianized, that’s when the concept of the Grim Reaper came about, and with him, the black robe and scythe, during Medieval times. Earlier depictions had death as a rider, an archer, or an undertaker, and not fearful or creepy at all.

  5. jazzlet says

    Thank you Caine. Yet another example of christians fearing death when theologically they ought to welcome it.

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