Wednesday, May 17, 2006


The term Star of David has many synonyms and that's one of the obstacles on the way to collect information about it. These synonyms are sometimes relating to similar or even identical shapes in other cultures, which bear other meanings, but because of the similarity of the shapes people tend to label them with the same name. Life could have been easier if everybody used one term…

 Magen David (Hebrew) or Mogen Dovid (Ashkenazi Hebrew) or Shield of David or David's Star or Jewish Star (Judenster, Yellow Patch) is a six-pointed star created from two equilateral triangles and is known as the symbol of Judaism.

Solomon's seal or Seal of Solomon was according to Jewish Islamic and Christian legends King Solomon's signet ring that gave him the power to command demons.  It is in the shape of five pointed stars (pentagram) or six pointed stars.

Estoile is a six-pointed star with wavy rays. There are estoiles with eight points and others with four points like Cross estoile.

Mullet (or molet) is a six-pointed star with straight rays. In English it is heraldry with five straight points and in French it is heraldry with six points. Mullet of eight points is called octagram.

Hexagon in Greek means: having six angles; a polygon with six sides.

Hexagram is a six-pointed star formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles.

Hexahedron is a polyhedron that has six faces (like a cube).

Chinese checkers is a board game for two to six people. Each player tries to jump his marbles from one point of a six-pointed star shaped board to the opposite point. It is not a Chinese game – it got its name in the United States to make it sound more exotic. 

Shatkona (Yantra) is an Indian yoga "superposition of two triangles, one pointing upwards and the other downwards, forming a star with six points, also known as David's Star. This form symbolically represents the union of purusha and prakriti or Shiva-Shakti, without which there could be no creation". 


zeevveez said...

The Merkaba (Merkabah Merkava) is a three dimentional Star of David).

zeevveez said...

Also called Hebrew Star