Cross

May 3, 2010

This metallic bookmark is a cross, made in Taiwan:

The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many religions, such as Christianity. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements (or cardinal points), or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line.

The word cross was introduced to English in the 10th century as the term for the instrument of the torturous execution of Jesus, ultimately from Latin crux, via Old Irish cros. The word can nowadays refer to the geometrical shape unrelated to its Christian significance. The Latin Crux was a Roman torture device used for crucifixion.

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