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Six-Point Star (Hexagram; Star of David)

The six-point star or hexagram is a simple geometric shape consisting of the intersection of two equilateral triangles. It is an ancient symbol that appears in many religions.

Probably the most well known hexagram is the Star of David, a major symbol of Judaism. Also known as Magen David or "Shield of David," the Star of David has been used as a decorative motif in Judaism since ancient times but it was only around the Late Middle Ages that it began to be used as a symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. A Star of David is presently displayed on the flag of Israel.

The Star of David is an important image to many Rastafarians. The symbol is connected to the connection between Queen Sheba and the Israelite King Solomon, as recorded in the Bible. Solomon was the son of David.

In Christianity, the hexagram is the Creator's Star or Star of Creation. Its six points stand for the six days of creation, and are also represent the six attributes of God: power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice.

The hexagram appears in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain art, symbolizing concepts such as creation, balance, and the cosmos.

References

  • "Symbols in Christian Art" by Walter E. Gast.
  • "The Story of Our Symbols." Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, Illinois.
  • Hexagram - Wikipedia
  • Star of David - Wikipedia

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MLA Citation“Six-Point Star (Hexagram; Star of David).” ReligionFacts.com. 19 Jan. 2017. Web. Accessed 21 Jan. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/six-point-star>

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