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Relegious Symbols

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Sumreen Mahmood
Group A
Semester: Fall 2012
SVAD Foundation
Submission Of Assignment

Hippopotamus
From Thebes, Egypt
1991-1783 B.C.E.
Faience and Ceramic
7 7/8 in. long.
Egyption

Ashurbanipal hunting lions

From the North Palace of Ashurbanipal, Ninevah (modern Kuyunjik) Iraq Ca. 645-640 B.C.E.
Gypsum
Approximately 5 ft. high
Babylonian

Stonehenge

30 feet (9 meters) tall and weigh 25 tons (22.6 metric tons)  Estimated at 3100 BC
Wiltshire, UK 
Prehistoric

Introduction:
Religion being a collection of beliefs is more related to humanity everyone has their own way of defining the meaning of life how to make the best of it what will happen after death. Different people had various set of beliefs in their time many civilizations had been more superstitious people had strong faith in omens witch craft and other miracles. Afterlife was very important for some civilizations. Symbols are representation of something unique and important and are being used since prehistoric times. I chose “symbols in religion” as my topic, unique symbols are used by different civilizations Stonehenge from Neolithic, hippopotamus from Egyptian civilization and most famous Stonehenge from pre historic times are the references I took. “The term Symbolism means the systematic use of symbols or pictorial conventions to express an allegorical meaning”-http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/c19th/symbolism.htm. 1/1/2013 2:47PM symbolism was mostly related to religious and spiritual acts or is a visual language. Symbols were being used from the pre historic times the famous Venuses found around the world did not aimed naturalism as in case with most Paleolithic figures the emphasis on only some features shows it’s a symbol of fertility. The 13’ high Lamassu (winged animal with human head and body of bull) from Babylonian period seemingly protecting the temple is a symbol of power and guardian. Symbolism can be seen in Egyptian art immensely Ra being the sun God...