~~~ OVERVIEW OF BELIEF SYSTEMS ~~~ AP WORLD HISTORY POLYTHEISM Polytheism POLYTHEISM Belief in, or worship of, multiple deities or gods. Gods are conceived as complex personages of greater or lesser status, with individual skills, needs, desires and stories.
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The sound OM, or AUM, is the most sacred symbol for Hindus. It is often used in prayer
Star of David (shield of David)…is the universal symbol of Judaism. It refers to King David, who ruled the kingdom of Israel.
FILIAL PIETY – respect for parents and elders.
YIN YANG, represents harmony if YIN (EARTH/FEMALE/PASSIVE) and the YANG (HEAVEN/ MALE/ ACTIVE)
WHEEL OF LAW – his teachings are often a symbol of the wheel and interconnectedness of life and all living things.
CROSS = symbol of crucifixion of Jesus Christ…represents Jesus’ love for humanity in dying for its sins.
Crescent Moon – became symbol during Ottoman Empire. Maybe 5 stars represent Pillars? Some Muslims actually do not accept it. It is often used on political flags to represent Islamic nations.