Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Double Square

Double Square - Rub el Hizb
CC picture by dewes008 (c) from Flickr

Like the hexagram, which is comprised of two equilateral triangles, the octagram (eight-pointed star) is comprised of two squares.

Possible origin: Tartessos, an ancient civilization based in Andalusia, which lasted till the 6th Century B.C.E.

Spanish name: Estrella tart├ęsica

Arabic name: Rub el Hizb (the Quran is divided into 60 chapters each of which is called Hizb) – it marks the end of a chapter in Arabic calligraphy.

Also called: al-Quds star

Indian name: Star of Lakshmi representing the eight forms of the goddess Lakshmi.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find this all very interesting. I was wondering if you could help me out with something. I'm typing a report where they discuss the Star of David and stars of David throughout. In your opinion, should Stars of David or Star of David always be capitalized? Thank you for your help.

Elaine Tyler