Tomb­stones tell tales: ex­pert to ex­plain

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - COMMUNITY - HOBBS STATE PARK

Do you still have the hee­bie-jee­bies from watch­ing Pet Ceme­tery, Poltergeist, or The Night of the Liv­ing Dead? Hor­ror films suc­cess­fully tap into our col­lec­tive sub­con­scious fears of death, what lies be­yond (or even be­neath, for that mat­ter). When you visit a ceme­tery do you feel like a hand will ap­pear through a men­ac­ing pall to lunge at your an­kle? You may be a coimetro­phobe. Coimetro­pho­bia is the fear of ceme­ter­ies. Symp­toms in­clude panic at­tacks, dizzi­ness/ ver­tigo, headaches and sense of pend­ing doom.

On the other hand, you may be a taphophile like the up­com­ing speaker at Hobbs State Park, Abby Bur­nett. A taphophile vis­its ceme­ter­ies for fun and, like Bur­nett, they take an in­ter­est in ceme­ter­ies, tomb­stones or the mem­ory of past lives. Bur­nett stud­ies the sym­bol­ism carved on each stone, look­ing for clues that could lead to more in­for­ma­tion about the de­ceased.

In her pre­sen­ta­tion she will show us grave­stones that ei­ther hint at some­thing or tell us out­right how the per­son died.

To learn more about up­com­ing Friends of Hobbs speak­ers and other park pro­grams, go to www. friend­ and www.ArkansasS­tateParks. com/hobb­sstatepark­con­ser­va­tion­area.

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