korien_dec15“Rip” means to tear or pull apart. So why do gravestones say “RIP”?


This “RIP” stands for “rest in peace”. “Rest” or sleep is often compared to death—death is like a permanent sleep. We wish peace for the person who has died.


We also want the dead to continue sleeping and not come back as zombies or anything scary like that.




このRIPは「安らかにお休み」の意味のRest In Peaceの頭文字です。休み、睡眠は良く死と比べられます。死とは永遠に寝ることと一緒です。死んだ人には安らぎを願います。