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The Meanings Behind Some Of The World's Most Famous Symbols

The peace sign was created to encourage British nuclear disarmament.

24/06/2016 11:53 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:54 PM AEST
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The peace sign was created to encourage British nuclear disarmament.

When The Artist Formally Known as Prince (rest his creative genius) changed his name to a symbol, people were confused. It is said that The Sign combined elements of astrological symbols for male and female in a form that resembled a scepter.

And while it may have defied pronunciation, symbols have been just as much a part of history as language.

Trinity knots, also known as 'Triquetra' is a symbol representing God, faith and devotion -- the three segments of the Holy Trinity. It's as old as the 6th century.

The Fleur De Lis, AKA Lily of France, is believed to represent the triple goddess, though more recently has become a symbol of French royalty.

The Hammer and Sickle was born of the Russian Revolution. The hammer symbolised the industrial labourers and the sickle the peasants. When combined the picture stood for a moment against socialism.

Check out the below infographic for more fun history on where the world's most common symbols originated:

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Infographic by Parrot Print Canvas.

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