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Abstractly, symbol is understood as a representation of a thing, concept, or quality. Typical symbols might be drawings, shapes, or any kind of object that represents an idea. Many symbols can be pictorially represented, though not all symbols are visual in nature. Human society is full of symbols and symbolic systems that help us to make sense of our experiences. Symbols are purveyors of meaning. While symbols are not necessarily religious, some scholars have claimed that religions are particularly effective at marshalling symbolic codes to grapple with complex subjects, such as the meaning of life, death, suffering, love, and forgiveness. Examples of religious symbols might include the Christian cross, the Jewish Star of David, or the Muslim crescent moon and star. These symbols are recognized ...

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