Religious symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by a religion. Religions view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of compelling ideas or ideals. Symbols help create a resonant mythos expressing the moral values of the society or the teachings of the religion, foster solidarity among adherents, and bring adherents closer to their object of worship.
The study of religious symbolism is either universalist, as a component of comparative religion and mythology, or in localized scope, within the confines of a religion's limits and boundaries.
Religious symbolism is effective when it appeals to both the intellect and the emotions. The choice of suitable acts and objects for symbolism is narrow enough that it would not be easy to avoid the appearance of an imitation of other traditions, even if there had been a deliberate attempt to invent an entirely new ritual.
Religious symbols 
A number of these are represented in Unicode.
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News & Star
Tue, 21 May 2013 00:03:03 -0700
“We need to be sensitive to religious symbolism, particularly in the age in which we now live,” he said. “This image has lots of symbolic value, and real meaning for people. If you look at war graves, you see row upon row of crosses, each representing ...
Coos Bay World
Mon, 20 May 2013 13:19:47 -0700
The group, which opposes religious symbolism on public property, claims the cross is unconstitutional and wants it removed. Following a packed public meeting at the Coos Bay Public Library in March, the city retained the services of the Texas-based ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 05:44:28 -0700
Other jewellery with significant religious symbolism has also been taken. In all cases the sentimental value of the pieces and the sense of loss is immense. As part of Operation Citadel, the proactive campaign to reduce domestic burglary across both ...
Sat, 18 May 2013 09:04:01 -0700
In other works, particularly his paintings of fish, Christian religious symbolism is apparent, though in a subtle manner. Yeh's landscape and still-life works share many characteristics with portrait painting. As the gallery accurately points out ...
U-T San Diego
Sun, 19 May 2013 04:14:52 -0700
Broyles also wrote that the curriculum teaches the Sun Salutation pose, which represents worship of the Hindu solar deity, and the lotus and resting poses, which embody religious symbolism. Citing quotes from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who developed ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 01:10:19 -0700
In the tradition of some older Irish myths and legends, tales grew around him and his travels, culminating around the 9th century in a book in Latin generally known as “The Voyage of St. Brendan” full of exploration, religious symbolism, and strange ...
New York Times
Thu, 16 May 2013 15:13:21 -0700
... painting, the Clark Art Institute's “Virgin and Child Enthroned With Four Angels,” which comes from a different altarpiece in the painter's hometown, Sansepolcro, and exemplifies Piero's uncanny orchestration of figures, architecture and religious ...
Washington Post (blog)
Thu, 02 May 2013 11:22:29 -0700
One Christian rescue worker selected a crossbeam and attached religious symbolism to it. He suggested that this specific crossbeam was not scrap metal like all the others, but was a sign from heaven, “a promise from God that he is with us even in the ...
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