handful of earth

handful of earth

symbol of mortality. [Folklore: Jobes, 486]
See: Death
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Then he stooped and gathered a handful of earth, and murmured some words over it, after which he threw the earth in my face, saying as he did so, "Quit the form of a man, and assume that of a monkey.
All the people we value so much in the life of the world will board that train, and at the end of the journey, those millions of much-valued bodies will turn into a mere handful of earth.
The story goes that captain Michael Atherton used to carry a handful of earth in his pocket so that he could scuff the surface of the ball to help it to swing.
Users are instructed to urinate in the bottle to "provide a link for the energy to flow into the jar and remain" and to add three pinches of salt and a handful of earth while "feeling its connection to the planet and its ability to transform waste into fertility.
As we edged our way between them, Laure stopped to scoop out a handful of earth.
One of Dost's stories "A handful of earth," was made into a short film in Germany.
Prest: Hold onto what is good/Even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
The 30-minute service is open for anyone to attend and Mr Phillips will at the end take a symbolic handful of earth which will later be placed at the new Parc y Scarlets.
After a funeral march played by a military band, Natalya, Solzhenitsyn's widow, threw a handful of earth into the grave.
Solzhenitsyn's widow, Natalya, wearing a black veil, threw a handful of earth onto the coffin.
His widow then threw the first handful of earth into the grave.