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The Star and Crescent has been used by various peoples since ancient times across vaste geographical areas.
 
The use of Star and Crescent in the muslim world is a result of the Turks expansion and dominance. The star and crescent had a spiritual/religous significance to the pre-muslim Turks, they kept using this emblem mainly due to tribal tamgas/flags ie the Kayi clan used the Crescent and the millitary. The marching bands used flag poles which were decorated by Crescent and moon, wolf heads, horsetails or Holy Qur'an boxes.
 
Then ofcourse there is the folklore, legends, myths which come with any symbol or emblems.
 
And then there are other nations which used the crescent and star as well.
 
In conclusion, the crescent and moon symbol has been used by many nations in the past, however, its popularity in the muslim world is mainly due to the Turks.
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The cresent was also used in Rome i believe.
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The cresent appears in Chistian art as well.  Some art depicting the the Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus) shows her standing over a cresent.  Some explanations say that this symbolizes Christianity's dominance over older pagan religions. Others say that the crescent is a pagan symbol for female divinity and was thus incorporated into Christian art to show the Virgin's special status.



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Alot of modern revisionists try to make Christianity (Orthodox from my perspective) as having adopted certain pagan elements into them but this is contrary to the theology and to history in which Christianity was quite staunchly against the pagan faiths. People site the dates of christmas and pascha being on traditional pagan holidays but this was done so that the Christians went to the Christian worship rather then the pagan. It was a move to replace not accomodate.
 
 
Anyway, I think the theory of it being a symbol of nobility in constantinople is the strongest so far.
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same could be said for the crusifix imo
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Originally posted by xi_tujue xi_tujue wrote:

same could be said for the crusifix imo
 
Not really. Christ was crusified but it isn't the pieces of wood which are venerated but the sacrifice and act of love.
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be4 that it was used to punish to worst kinds of criminals and still afterwards

the cruifixtion of Jesus Christ (pbuh) is just a exception

humans make symbols and believe in them so they can change the meaning of one



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Yes but again Christians don't worship the "punishment method" but what it represents, the bridge between our world and God, redemption, salvation to the Faithful.

 
I think it was Saint John of Damascus who said (paraphrasing) "When the cross is shown I venerate it for it symbolizes the love of God to man kind, but when the boards are broken in two it means nothing to me and I burn it as wood."
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thats a perfect example symbols are what we make them, what we believe they are
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That's kind of an obvious statement. Water is wet, fire is hot etc etc. What Symbol isn't what we make it?
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I was told that it was a symbol of security for the early Arab tribes who would travel the desert by day, and park thier caravans at night, and socialize. The caravans offered security, and the moon was a symbol of not being insanely hot.

I suppose I'm wrong, I had only asked a common businessman. It sounded far more romantic though. They say the Star of David was a symbol of Venus.
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Originally posted by Bulldog Bulldog wrote:

 
 
The use of Star and Crescent in the muslim world is a result of the Turks expansion and dominance.
 
 
 
They were the people Chinese referred to as " 月氏 = Yue Zhi ".
 
 
 
 
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Would that make them the Eastern Saka then?
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I wouldn't think so.Saka or Scythians were a seperate people,Yuezhi definitely not an offshoot.
 
 
note: 古代波斯人稱之為 Saka 塞克人 = ancient Persians referred those tribes as Saka.
 
 
 
 
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Some of the Yuezhi formed the Kushan Empire and are thought to have been or were closely related to the Tocharians.  However, according to this page the Eastern Schythians could also have been the Yuezhi.

http://web.raex.com/~obsidian/Centasia3.html#Sakae

http://www.famouschinese.com/virtual/Yuezhi




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