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From: "ljcrain1" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Star of David Not Exclusively Jewish
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 20:06:21 -0600
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I would have to guess that these people, who were so skilled in geometry,
arranged two triangles in a pattern pleasing to themselves. Does anyone else
have an explanation?

Janet Crain

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Couch" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 7:22 PM
Subject: RE: [DNA] Star of David Not Exclusively Jewish

> Thanks Janet,
> So I ask you, which I do not know the answer myself. Why would this
> symbol of all that could have been used appear in the Mayan Temple? This
> area of Guatemala was evidently a center of a civilization with religion,
> trade, and other local interests. It is also known with "Scientific
> evidence" that the people of Palenque had been in the area also due to the
> artifacts found in the region. And I respect what you have shared with
> me.
> But I still understand that the symbol here was used for religious
> purposes.
> But very little has been archeologically excavated in this area due to
> location. But I am sure that we may be able to draw a connection between
> the
> Native Americans and the peoples across the pond thru this DNA research.
> Sincerely
> Jeff Couch
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ljcrain1 [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 7:00 PM
> To:
> Subject: [DNA] Star of David Not Exclusively Jewish
> Jeff; I respect your interest, but feel I should refer you to this info.
> Janet Crain
> Hebrew MAGEN DAVID ("Shield of David"), Magen also spelled MOGEN, Jewish
> symbol composed of two overlaid equilateral triangles that form a
> six-pointed star. It appears on synagogues, Jewish tombstones, and the
> flag
> of the State of Israel. The symbol--which historically was not limited to
> use by Jews--originated in antiquity, when, side by side with the
> five-pointed star, it served as a magical sign or as a decoration. In the
> Middle Ages the Star of David appeared with greater frequency among Jews
> but
> did not assume any special religious significance; it is found as well on
> some medieval cathedrals. The term Magen David, which in Jewish liturgy
> signifies God as the protector (shield) of David, gained currency among
> medieval Jewish mystics, who attached magical powers to King David's
> shield
> just as earlier (non-Jewish) magical traditions had referred to the
> five-pointed star as the "seal of Solomon." Kabbalists popularised the use
> of the symbol as a protection against evil spi!
> rits. The Jewish community of Prague was the first to use the Star of
> David
> as its official symbol, and from the 17th century on the six-pointed star
> became the official seal of many Jewish communities and a general sign of
> Judaism, though it has no biblical or Talmudic authority. The star was
> almost universally adopted by Jews in the 19th-century as a striking and
> simple emblem of Judaism in imitation of the cross of Christianity. The
> yellow badge that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe
> invested
> the Star of David with a symbolism indicating martyrdom and heroism --
> Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
> "The Magen David (shield of David, or as it is more commonly known, the
> Star of David) is the symbol most commonly associated with Judaism today,
> but it is actually a relatively new Jewish symbol. It is supposed to
> represent the shape of King David's shield (or perhaps the emblem on it),
> but there is really no support for that claim in any early rabbinic
> literature. In fact, the symbol is so rare in early Jewish literature and
> artwork that art dealers suspect forgery if they find the symbol in early
> works.
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