- Religious symbolism
Religious symbolism is the use of
symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by a religion. Religions view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of compelling ideas or ideals. The symbols helps create a reseonant mythosthat expresses the moralvalues of the society, the teachings of the religion, creates a sense of solidarity between religious adherents, or functions as a way to bring an adherent closer to their god or gods.
The study of religious symbolism is either universalist, as a component of
comparative religionand mythology, or in localized scope, within the confines of a religion's limits and boundaries.
Religious symbolism may have a long history that could be over 100,000 years old. Ritual burials with
grave goods are often interpreted as early human use of religious symbolism.
* [http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hm/hmemb.asp United States Veteran's Administration approved religious symbols for graves]
* [http://altreligion.about.com/library/glossary/blsymbols.htm Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols]
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