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From: Whitney Keen <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Star of David Not Exclusively Jewish
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 12:40:08 -0500
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The Star of David is a geometric form that is easily drawn by anyone
with a piece of string and a marker. If you draw a circle and mark off
6 chords, and join the marked spots to the spots two away from the
original, and so forth, you get a Star of David. It is one of the
simplest geometric patterns to construct, well within the capabilities
of even a paleolithic man, should he be interested in making it. That is
why you find it here and there. No need for cultural diffusion.
Whitney Keen

ljcrain1 wrote:
> 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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