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Memento mori

December 18th, 2007 · No Comments

Cezanne Skulls

The phrase “Memento mori” came up today while I was surfing around at lunch.

Something I’d read about, studied and thought about on numerous occasions (the fact itself, the process by which we remind ourselves that we are mortal and how we each deal with it) but had never heard the term.

“Memento mori is a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as “Remember that you are mortal,” “Remember you will die,” or “Remember your death”. It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose, which is to remind people of their own mortality.” — wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori

Also came up in following that thread that the phrase “Today is a good day to die” is Sioux. Interesting.

(painting above by Cezanne)

Tags: thinking + zen