10 cult symbols, the meaning of which we understood wrongly

These symbols survived dozens of generations, and people have endowed them with strength and meaning for centuries. Sometimes, over time, the meaning of the symbols changes – overgrown with associations and distorted beyond recognition. And, possibly, this beautiful pendant on your suspension carries an unexpected sacred meaning.

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The bowl with the serpent is the symbol of Gigaea, the ancient Greek goddess of health. On behalf of this goddess, the term “hygiene” occurred.

The snake is a symbol of both immortality and death, for its poison is capable of killing and becoming a medicine. In the Middle Ages the Gigeya bowl was used as an emblem by the pharmacists of the city of Padua in Italy, later the symbol became generally accepted among the representatives of healing. But in some countries a symbol of medicine is considered a caduceus – the staff of the god of trade of Hermes with two snakes around them.

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The snake is a symbol of both immortality and death, for its poison is capable of killing and becoming a medicine. In the Middle Ages the Gigeya bowl was used as an emblem by the pharmacists of the city of Padua in Italy, later the symbol became generally accepted among the representatives of healing. But in some countries a symbol of medicine is considered a caduceus – the staff of the god of trade of Hermes with two snakes around them.

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Early references to the symbol date back to 4200 BC. Uroboros was popular in religion, magic, alchemy, mythology and psychology.

He represents creation and destruction, the cycle of life and death. The symbol was borrowed from the Egyptians by the ancient Greeks to refer to things that do not have a beginning and an end. With uroboros in Chinese philosophy is connected monad yin and yang. In Gnosticism, it is both good and evil.

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The symbol was widely used for more than 3,000 years before our era. In India it was called Anahata. Two differently directed triangles – combined together male and female beginnings – represented the heart chakra.

 

Charles IV, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in 1354 allowed the Jews of Prague

Have your own flag. The cloth with the hexagram was called the flag of King David. During the Nazi regime, the star of David yellow became a symbol of the Holocaust.

 

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It is assumed that originally the yin-yang symbol came from Buddhists in the 1st-3rd centuries. In China and Japan, yin-yang is considered a model of everything.

The original concept of “yin” is “shadow”, and “yang” is the “sunny slope of the mountain”. Yin and yang is treated as an uninterrupted interaction of contrasts. Polar forces complement each other, and each carries in itself a piece of its opposite. Yin and yang are a peaceful struggle in which a final victory is impossible, since there is no end.

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Early images were created in 2000 BC. The symbol is found in Asia, the Middle East and Egypt. The wheel was an attribute of the sun gods and personified the cyclicity of life, rebirth and renewal. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the wheel symbolizes the cycle of Samsara, the course of change, fate and time.

Later came the notion of “Wheel of Fortune” – a symbol of the volatility of fate. Wheel spokes Fortune bore luck and failure, endlessly succeeding each other.

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The first mention of the symbol is dated 1300 year of our era.

The wind rose was the symbol of the guiding star and the amulet of sailors.

In the XVIII-XX centuries, tattoos with this talisman were popular: it was believed that he would help the sailor on the way and in returning home. Also, the wind rose was depicted on maps, symbolizing the sides of the world.

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Swastika is a symbol of happiness, creation and abundance. In India, it symbolizes the sun and the beginning. In the American Indians, it was the emblem of the sun god. In China, the swastika is a hieroglyph, meaning the sun. In Buddhism, it is considered a symbol of perfection.

Since 1900 in English-speaking countries, the swastika has been popular on postcards as a “cross of happiness” consisting of “4 L”: Light, Love, Life and Luck.

In the 1920s, the Nazis made it their symbol. In the 1940s, due to the analogy with Nazism in many countries, the image of the swastika was banned.

 

 

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