"I did a little research" - Jimbaugh
A little research would be the correct term if you count what many believe. Even "No Research" would have been correct as many people only superficially scratch the surface and call it research.
The pentagram and pentacle , considered by many Christians as signs of 'the devil', also have a benign history. One of the earliest use of the pentagram was as a symbol of the goddess Kore, also known as Ceres. The Greek Pythagoreans considered its geometric symmetry to be a sign of perfection. Hebrews viewed the sign as a symbol of the five books of the Pentateuch, and viewed it as a symbol of Truth. Even the early Christians viewed it as a holy symbol, equating the five points of the star with the five wounds suffered by Christ on the cross.
The pentagram began to get a bad reputation during the Middle Ages. Christians, in the heat of the Inquisition, began to equate the pentagram with the sign of ancient gods, now viewed as representations of the devil. For the first time in history, the benign symbol of security was viewed as a symbol of evil. In the 19th century, Eliphas Levi, a magician and magical philosopher, used an inverted pentacle to signify the god Baphomet, a goat-headed god of Evil. The ensuing symbol, known as the sign of Baphomet, has been adopted to signify the Church of Satan and other Left Hand Path religions.
My guess is that is just they way they were put on the Repub symbol, with no other meaning intended. I have spent a major portion of my adult life in the study of religious symbology, but, as with any statement made by anyone, your milage may vary and contents may settle during shipment.
posted on 11/30/2001 4:36:49 AM PST
I knew I would fine someone on Free Republic that was and expert on this. Thanks for the info.
posted on 11/30/2001 4:43:36 AM PST
"a symbol of the goddess Kore"
Sounds to much like GORE....It must be EVIL
true, except you’ve completely side-stepped the entire question: the issue isn’t that stars (aka pentacles) are being used, it is that the stars are in-fact upside-down, therefore contradicting natural expectation, which is why we’re having this discussion. Just as a Christian would identify an upside-down cross as being anti-Christian, upside-down stars have a long history of significance in the same manner.
The question is, what is the significance of the decision to flip the stars? What was the author attempting to communicate?
posted on 09/01/2008 9:48:06 AM PDT
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