Monday, November 26, 2012

Misunderstood Religions, Religious symbols

                                           Misunderstood Religions, Religious symbols

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Before we start  this section: I am not affiliated with any of these religions.   I am a Buddhist, and believe in the right for people to practice whatever religion they choose. I in no way endorse any of the religions I may speak of in this blog. My intention is simply to bring forth information that doesnt usually see the light of day.

Ever wonder where some of the religious symbols came from or when the were deemed evil? Im sure I wasnt alone in wondering this. If you watch ghost shows, which Im sure a good majority of you do that are reading this, they tend to go with the mainstream opinion of things.



Pentagram/Pentacle:

                                                

Lets jump right to what I think is the most misunderstood symbol. Im sure to most of you this is instantly the symbol of devil worship. If you watch television, the instant they see this symbol everyone accuses the owner of the establishment of having practiced satanism.
What some of you may not know, that this symbol has been around well before Christianity, and was used widely by most religions.
Christianity: The emperor Constantine used it as his personal seal and amulet.

-It was also referred to as the star of Bethlehem.

-It was used as a symbol of protection when enclosed by a circle.

-Used to symbolize the star which led the three wise men to Jesus.

-Was used by the English warrior Sir Gawain as his personal symbol. It represented the Five Knightly Virtues: Generosity, Courtesy, Chastity, Chivalry, and Piety.
From protection, to representing nature, to the golden number, the five elements and there are many, many more meanings.
It wasnt until the inquisition that the Christian Church deemed this as evil in order to flush out all the witches and Pagans. It was around this time, that the inverted Symbol started to be taken by the more evil sects, as before some symbolized this as winter the opposite of the upright meaning summer.

Even with Neo-Paganism on the rise, when you see one of these symbols today (even inverted), it doesnt mean the person is a satanist. To a Wiccan (witch) this represents nature, and some still use it as protection. This is one of the larger religions in the US today.

Witchcraft:

The same is going to apply for "Witchcraft". Pagan, Wiccans consider themselves as Good Witches as they do have spells they practice. When people hear the word witchcraft! Oh No! Evil is lurking! I have several friends that practice Wicca, and are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and are very open about what they practice.



Swastika:

Whaaaat? Yes. It doesnt mean what you think it means. We can't let Hitler's misuse of this symbol ruin it forever. This ancient symbol was used widely by many religions as good luck, good existence,  represent the four powers of nature or by the Sumerians as a symbol of the Sun. India still uses this symbol today as a symbol of good luck. Ancient Buddhists have this symbol embedded in a lot of their holy statues as well.  This was such a holy symbol that Christianity also considered adopting it.

There are many "Pagan" religions, symbols that are misunderstood. I must confess while I can discuss this all day, I would encourage those of you that are truly interested in paranormal and home blessing, etc to do your own research. Most of you will find that the mainstream makes things seem a lot worse than they actually are. To be able to help spirits, or battle demons having an extensive knowledge of all religions is recommended. These are just the biggest things I see and hear all the time, and it bothers me that some of these get a bad rap.

Questions, debates, dont hesitate to comment
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