posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 11:53 AM
Death to many is something to fear because its the great unknown, it comes with a sinister stigma or image, many cultures and religions all over the
world have ways of coping with the one thing all men and women will one day have to stand face to face with, the greatest of unknowns "Death".
The fact is that we are ALL going to have to take the plunge of death. Through out time human kind has delved into the deepest and darkest places in
there minds and imaginations to try and find an answer to death, or to give it a face and to better understand that dark and frightening thing that we
all put to the back of our minds, but know that one day we will all have to take the plunge into that "dark" unknown.
To many death is a dark and sinister and unforgiving and unrelenting shadow, so you can probably see how the modern idea and image of what The Grim
Reaper or Death looks like comes from, its a dark figure holding a scythe, dressed in a black hooded robe, with a skull for a head. How did this image
come about, and is there really a ghostly figure called Death ready to introduce him self to us when our flame has eventually been extinguished?
The image of death or of The Grim Reaper probably comes from human kinds fear of dyeing, many people want to live forever and the fact that they know
they cant live forever has caused them to give a face to that nasty obstacle that stops them from being able to stay alive for good, so of course the
picture that is going to be painted by a death fearing society is going to be that of a scary and mysterious one.
The Reaper is seen to be carrying a scythe, the idea of this comes from the idea that when death comes to us he’s coming to chop down the living and
to sever the soul from the body. The scythe is used for chopping down crops so the image of The Grim Reaper and his scythe would indicate that its
seen as death coming and "reaping his harvest" his crops being the souls of the just departed.
The Reaper is not just seen as a figure to meet at ones own death, but its also seen as a warning to the living, that if they don't change there ways
then "death" is just around the corner, so he can be seen in a positive light too.
Many people who claimed to have been visited by The Reaper say that he was totally silent and did nothing except pull out an old watch on a chain or
an hour glass and is said to gently tap on it like the seconds ticking away all the while not saying a word, but even though he says nothing the
message is perfectly clear to the person seeing it. His skull like face probably comes from the skull symbolising deaths myth, so it would make sense
that people would see the Reapers face as a skull.
Many people might see The Reaper as the sinister man in a black robe because that is how they view death, so the reaper will probably show him self to
each person how that person views death personally, if someone longed for death or did not look at death as something to fear then I can imagine then
death would probably show them selves to them people as something more pleasant looking. Death is what we want him (or it) to be.
The image of the grim reaper in a long robe comes from the garb of Death or the black mourning robe first seen in the 1500s, in them times a monk
would stand over the dyeing persons bed, so again the images of things people have seen surrounding death have been associated with how people view
The Grim Reaper, which is why he looks a little like a monk dressed in an Abbot.
The belief in The Grim Reaper probably goes back to ancient times. In Greek mythology you have the god Chronos or Cronus also know as "Father time"
who could also be seen carrying a scythe and his saying was "nothing lasts forever - except time(death)". The word ‘corone’ to the Greeks
(translated to English) means crow, so its no wonder that the crow is also associated with death, and is also seen with The Grim Reaper.
In Christianity the four knights of the apocalypse where four riders named Pestilence, Famine, War and Antichrist and will ride on horse back over the
sky’s of the earth when man finally becomes to his doom, all supposedly look like the common image of The Reaper as skeletal like figures in black
Even though many people fear the Reaper and death, its probably better when your time comes not to fight and struggle with him, but to take him by the
hand and let him lead you to your new life (where ever you believe that life is to be).
Think about if death never existed, and dyeing was impossible, soon the population would become terribly over crowded and homelessness, poverty, and
famine would make the world a hellish type place, I think it would not be too long until man started craving the very thing that most of us fear
Can you imagine if that nasty sinister figure "death" gave up his job tomorrow and became a doctor? People with horrific and normally fatal
injuries, such as being beheaded or a person with 100% bodily burns would not be able to be released form there suffering and pain, because there is
no longer someone or something called "death" to do his job, and the now doctor (once death) would not be able to do anything for the suffering of
those in eternal pain, other than to take back his old job as "death" The Grim Reaper.... Doesn’t sound like such a bad chap now after all does