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The Grim Reaper is the personification of Death itself.

The history of this imagery dates back centuries.

Tthe image has changed slightly over the centuries.

The Grim Reaper is shown in a large black cloak, a skeletal face and hands, and a scythe.

The personification of death stretches back thousands of years to ancient Egypt.

The image of the Grim Reaper comes from the darkest periods in human history – the Black Death.

In the 14th century, the Plague ravaged the world, killing at least 25 million people.

Some estimates put that total closer to 75 million people.

In total, this plague wiped out between 30-60% of Europe’s population.

The plague decimated the global population by at least 10%.

In this horrible period in history, death was everywhere.

Piles of bodies in city centers, stacked and skeletal.

Over the course of the 14th century, there were many small outbreaks.

In addition, flare-ups of the plague throughout the world.

People felt like Death was literally walking amongst them.

The personification of Death was inevitable.