Talk:Skull and crossbones (symbol)

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skull and crossbones as a symbol of resurrection[edit]

I had heard that the symbol was originally one of resurrection - the church taught that resurrection was bodily but then ran into the problem of overflowing graveyards (how can you dig up and dispose of someone's remains if doing so derprives them of their invitation to judgement day). The solution was to tweak the teaching somewhat and say that only the skull and thigh bones were required. Thus the graves could be dug and just the main bones preserved. cf the catacombs in Paris. I've tried to source this but unsuccesfuly - I see a lot of sites atributing the symbol to the knights templar. Generally in my experience it is safe to disregard anything that atributes anything to the knights templar. Nashernasher 13:32, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

someone's nephew[edit]

My 12-yr-old nephew wants to get a t-shirt featuring a skull and crossbones. His mom won't let him. I think it's perfectly fine for him to have and wear such a t-shirt as long as he's informed about what it means and what it will say about what he wears. Your comments...


Earlier this article had a picture of a skull and crossbones which is a pirate symbol known as the Jolly Roger. This page should have a skull and crossbones picture with a fiercer looking poison crossbones.


Try Jolly Roger. Mark Richards 00:13, 6 May 2004 (UTC)

I'd like to thank whoever put the new skull and crossbones picture on this page. That crossbones looks more like a poison skull and crossbones than Jolly Roger. The Jolly Roger looks more like a pirate skull and crossbones.

The Skull and Crossbones is a flag primarily, the disambiguative attempt of this article to focus on the poison logo is inappropriate for something with an extensive history as a flag. The Jolly Roger and Skull and Crossbones have nothing in common, except in a disney-mentality world where the 'jolly roger' -is- the skull and crossbones. Jachin 1 July 2005 09:01 (UTC)

you know...[edit]

Mr. Yuk is way cooler than the skull and crossbones. Hosterweis (talk) 03:37, 12 August 2005 (UTC)

The cap badge of the Queen's Royal Lancers is more like a totenkopf than Skull and crossbones in that it lacks a lower jaw bone. Jooler 00:56, 28 August 2005 (UTC)


The skull and corssbones motif, or some variation thereof, was used extensively by pirates during the 16th and 17th centuries. It's use was to designed to inspire fear in their victims.Z umperzoo 21:40, 11 December 2006 (UTC)z_umperzoo

Origin[edit]

Wouldn't the Jolly Roger predate New York State poison regulations? — Omegatron 00:59, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Use of Skull and Crossbones on crucifixes[edit]

Does anybody know when, or why, the practice of putting the skull and crossbones on crucifixes was discontinued? Z umperzoo 21:36, 11 December 2006 (UTC)z_umperzoo

skull and crossbones[edit]


this is apochrypal, I'll admit, but if anyone has heard it before or knows a source, please share...I was told once that when the black plague was making the rounds through Europe, the infected simply were herded onto a boat which was then anchored way out in the harbor, far from everyone else. The skull and crossbones would be hung from a mast as a warning to other boats to steer clear and definitely not to try to board her, as death would be price. Then, at some point, privateers, or pirates, latched onto the idea as a means of instilling dread and perhaps causing authorities to be hesitant to investigate or attempt seizure of the vessel.–64.4.97.7 00:45, 17 December 2006 (UTC)Ratfish

Fixed the above, as it was bleeding of the page for some reason. Did not change the text in any way.
Ratfish: (correct name?) maybe you already read it, but you may want to look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolly_Roger for more on this: it may enlighten you as to some of the theories why the flag was used.

Use of skull and crossbones in youth / music culture[edit]


Heavy metal / skateboard / punk symbolism etc: I think the article lacks at least a mention of the useage of the skull and crossbones in the above subcultures: Hells Angels and so on.
There's this: "Today, it is generally used as a warning of danger", and a little about official use of the symbol in the "Moder Uses" section, but I feel there could be more.

Jolly Roger as main flag design?[edit]

Previously, the mention of the Jolly Roger portrayed it in the idea that it was the main or only design features in pirate flags. I changed this a bit, adding some information in italics, in order to present the right idea. The Jolly Roger does not have much to do with the skull and crossbones symbol, except in its similarity in design.

Christoph Jenkins 17:48, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Crucifixtotenkopf.jpg[edit]

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Danger Mines[edit]

The skull and crossbones image is used to mark Land_mines in many parts of the world. [1] --71.228.105.93 (talk) 00:53, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

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