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All Souls

By Stockczech  
At this time of year (All Hallows or All Souls) Czech families go to visit the graves of their loved ones. Instead of taking flowers, many people leave horse-chestnuts instead. Horse-chestnuts? Yes, for these are regarded as a symbol of renewal and energy. I found this gravestone in the cemetery at Vyšehrad. The word rodina means 'family' and someone had carefully placed their conkers as interlocking hearts.

My Czech friends regard the British game of conkers as something approaching sacrilege! The idea of deliberately trying to smash an object that brings health and energy is outside their comprehension - instead they carry a horse-chestnut in the pocket and rub it in their hand when feeling tired or anxious.
Sheila

Tags: Photo journalism Prague Czech republic Landscape and travel All souls Stockczech Vysehrad All hallows Horsechestnut

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imagio 16 12 1 England
31 Oct 2007 8:20AM
Interesting story and shot.

Bernie
31 Oct 2007 8:40AM
Lovely shot. Co
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:13AM
Fascinating and very beautiful.
Moira
imander 15 388 7 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:09AM
really well spotted, excellent shot and information
ian
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:23AM
Thank you for that lovely story and the interesting photograph.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:50AM
Absolutely delightful image, very moving, as is the information. Whatever we profess to believe, we British are wedded to violence.
Bill
Cormy 14 3 England
31 Oct 2007 11:08AM
Nice one.
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
31 Oct 2007 11:51PM
beautifully and sensitively conveyed image
JudeC 15 6 3 England
2 Nov 2007 6:34PM
This is superb - I love your PF - JudeC
Dave87 15 42 5 England
6 Nov 2007 7:39AM
Enjoyed this shot very much. Love the black and white type image enhanced with the single colour of the horse-chestnuts and the arrangement is smashing. All works well together and the great SP adds much to the story. Very well done.

Dave.
microchip 15 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 11:35AM
Very interesting and informative love the idea of conkers bringing health and energy I shall keep one myself from now on,Thank you for the info,
Alan
14 Nov 2007 7:10PM
Well spotted, Sheila. Love the narrative.
Mac
danbrann 17 640 17
27 Nov 2007 12:54PM
What a great story and a superb meaningful image to go with it.
Danny
fentiger 21 920 24 England
28 Dec 2007 8:58AM
Very interesting narrative highlighting cultural differences ~ to think that the humble "conker" has such significance. Well captured picture with nice detail.

Albert
ChristineL 17 39 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2007 4:36PM
what a lovely story, I can imagine how comforting that would be with those lovely smooth shells.
A nice image well seen and taken,
Chris.
Diana 15 2.0k 19 Netherlands
10 Jan 2008 10:47PM
thanks for the narrative, super image

Dianna
_estel_ 14 8 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2008 10:53PM
Really lovely story! Perhaps I'll take to carrying a conker! Moving shot - I like it Smile
Heather

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