Divine

Ancient

One of the oldest ideograms still used today. This symbol has been associated with the divine or powerful. Buddhist art features this as charisma or the emination of spiritual power from a person – otherwise known as a halo. In 1215 the Fourth Lateran council used this shape as an antisemetic counterpart to the Shield of David. Modern uses of this sign include calm in meteorology, temporary runway in aviation, “I have gone home” to boy scouts, “Here they give you food and money” in the English hobo signs, and “here is all fine” in Swedish hobo signs.

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