Star of David

This Star of David sign, also known as the Shield of David (or Magen David in Hebrew), has its origins in ancient Jewish tradition. The earliest usage of this symbol were in the shape of a hexagram, or the putting together of two equilateral triangles, according to history texts. Hexagrams were utilized as decorative themes in synagogues as early as the third and fourth centuries, according to records. On a Jewish tombstone from the third century CE, a Shield of David emblem was also discovered.

It is particularly associated with the Jewish religion; many Jews wear Star of David pendants or jewelry, and Israel’s flag features a blue Star of David in the middle. However, there is a deeper mystical meaning to this symbol. The six points of the star are thought by some to symbolise God’s rule over the cosmos in all directions: north, south, east, west, up, and down. Others think the two triangles, which point in opposite directions, represent human nature’s duality or the relationship between God and man.

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