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Top 10 Symbols Used By More Than One Group

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Just because a symbol is used by one culture or group, doesn’t mean it’s off-limits to other groups. Countless symbols have been used over and over again by various groups throughout history, oftentimes with drastically different meanings. Such as … →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-symbols-used-by-more-than-one-group.php Coming up: 10. Bald Eagle 9. Jolly Roger 8. Six-Pointed Star 7. Fleur-De-Lis 6. Hook ‘Em Horns 5. Infinity Symbol 4. Swastika 3. An Inverted Cross 2. A White Ribbon 1. Enso Source/Further reading: http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/article/USA/Native-American-Eagle-Symbols/2270 http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolly_Roger http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/star.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleur-de-lis http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6852171/ns/world_news-weird_news/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity http://www.traces.org/americanbund.html http://stpetersofamarillo.com/wiki/index.php5?title=St._Peter%27s_Cross http://www.christianpost.com/news/gods-marriage-bow-white-ribbon-movement-supports-traditional-marriage-93639/cpt?sf11512229=1 http://web.archive.org/web/20130507173646/http://www.ensogroup.com:80/enso/index.aspx
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annette fournier (1 year ago)
Ha! who writes this stuff? The cheek is fantastic!
annette fournier (1 year ago)
+brian george 😂😂
Brian George (1 year ago)
annette fournier. A lot of the videos are very amusing and others, like this one, are laugh out loud. Brilliant.
annette fournier (1 year ago)
+TopTenz Cool thanks.
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Our newest videos show the author onscreen: https://youtu.be/R8grJ3Rh33g?t=6m57s and all videos have a link in the descriptin to the original text which lists the author there. This was by Dylan Moore and as written in 2013: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-symbols-used-by-more-than-one-group.php - here are more articles by Dylan: http://www.toptenz.net/author/dylanmoore
kym lloyd (1 month ago)
You may find the ‘hooked horns’ is also used in sign language to define/sign ‘animal’, hand gripping the wrist of the hand showing the horns sings ‘zoo’ (Auslan)
Liga Ezera (4 months ago)
Svastika is a sacred symbol for Latvians, some believe it is a symbol of being a Latvian and all things Latvian. It is so sad we can't use it in public outside our country. Some people were attacked for that.
Simon Couture (8 months ago)
#7 How can you not mention Québec's flag?
Chris Silva (10 months ago)
Lol Batman did once work with the riddler to solve crimes so.....
Conor Dolan (1 year ago)
The swastika is also the symbol of the falun law wheel the symbol of falun gong, a supressed religious group in china
Sebastiaan Ruymaekers (1 year ago)
no why the cross is used because of the sexscene (gb) of gay in the 60's I think it was. and when of the most famous heavy methalsingers was gay and so involve. And he take it in his act for heavy metalconcerts
M Czenk (1 year ago)
Interesting subject. Good work TopTenz
Antonio Lopez (1 year ago)
Top Tenz for some reason it says I'm not subscribed but I never unsubstantiated uless by accident but don't remember a warning and I'm clickibg subscribe it doesn't do it
TopTenz (1 year ago)
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TopTenz (1 year ago)
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Hoàng Trần Minh (1 year ago)
Now i know where amd got the idea for their ryzen line of cpus from
Mandy B (1 year ago)
The fleur-de-lis is also a symbol of many of the European royal families (usually in heraldry), and from memory (which may be wrong) is part of the Prince of Wales' heraldry. Not just Prince Charles, but the heraldry of each Prince of Wales as and when there is one - must be a son who is the first-born child, so if a female is the first, there won't be a Prince of Wales. When Charles becomes king, William will become the Prince of Wales and will take on that heraldry. Just a bit of extra info.
Brandon McCage (1 year ago)
Wiccans use the horned symbol as well. They are NOT Satanic.
Uri Gressel (1 year ago)
Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey rather than the Eagle, for the United States bird.
arte0021 (1 year ago)
the horn symbol actually means heavy metal not satanism
Minathewild Mongoose (1 year ago)
I was hoping you were going to mention the Pentigram as it was oringinally a Pagen symbol but is now used by Santinist!
Grant Jarman (1 year ago)
it is also used for AMD and their ryzen line
Michael Wade (1 year ago)
Jennifer (1 year ago)
the six pointed star is also used by Pagans. they call it the seal of solomon. ive worn an inverted crucifix for years.
50PullUps (1 year ago)
BeattilaX (1 year ago)
At least Finns never stopped using it.
Mad-E (1 year ago)
I thought the eagle was chosen to mimic Rome.
Mark H (1 year ago)
...but Batman DID team up with the Riddler.
WILD THINGS (1 year ago)
The infinity symbol reminds me of the Hot Wheels racetracks from my youth.
Jake McB (1 year ago)
Well, considering that an extension of the index and little fingers is a symbol for heavy metal music, popularized by Ronnie James Dio throughout his career, and given Norway's issue with the Black Metal movement throughout the 90's, I guess they do have good reason to be alarmed by a political/public display of the symbol. Granted, not many of them burn the church types are around anymore, but still.
TheaterRaven (1 year ago)
I'm surprised the pentagram didn't make the list. The pentagram, a five-pointed star, is a symbol that represents the divine in nature: One point stands for the spirit/life force everything comes from while the four remaining points stand for the elements (earth, air, water, and fire). The pentagram symbolized this to ancient pagans and is still used in this way by modern Pagans today, myself included. The pentagram was also used in the early days of Christianity to represent the five wounds of Christ. However, much like the inverted cross, the pentagram, both in its upright and inverted forms, has been hijacked by anti-Christian people, Satanists, and ignorant Hollywood screenwriters to stand for evil or symbolize Devil worship. Christian fundamentalists also point to the pentagram as a wicked symbol when firstly, they don't know the actual meaning behind it, and secondly, they don't realize people of their own faith once used the symbol as well.
Agnostic Pagan (1 year ago)
TheaterRaven finally! Someone else who knows this! ❤
Gizmo Brooch (1 year ago)
Can we get a top 10 thought hitler thunk up?
TopTenz (1 year ago)
We've done enough lists about Hitler, dontcha think? https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=toptenznet+hitler
generalxue (1 year ago)
Woah, hang on! The horns symbol is also used to mean 'heavy metal', which is probably its most common usage!
CurryKingWurst (1 year ago)
generalxue Mano Cornuta
Boozer (1 year ago)
Aeron Gray (1 year ago)
totally missing how the horns hand symbol is a metal/rock gesture? or how it started with rock legend dio, who got it from his catholic grandma, who knew it as a catholic gesture? no? just 'satanism' (which is probably actually people thinking its satanist because of the metal association and a number of north european metal bands being satanist) and a sports team. oh, okay.
VMichaelLazar (1 year ago)
I think the University of Texas was around longer than metal.
CurryKingWurst (1 year ago)
Aeron Gray Yeah, somebody really didn't do much research on that one.
Ilbenaattori (1 year ago)
What about the Finnish Airforce. They use a Swastika esc symbol.
Rich Barr (1 year ago)
Years ago I worked with someone who was appalled that the US flag had all those "satanic pentagrams": five-pointed stars. If she was a hockey fan, I have no idea what she did the year the Dallas Stars played the New Jersey Devils in the Final.
Purvi Patel (1 year ago)
enjoyed the video. only two things. Hinduism is actually a monotheistic religion, not a polytheistic religion. also, Hindus still use the swastika as a symbol of peace and to ward off evil.
Sam Lucas (1 year ago)
Purvi Patel That's not what my mom's friend said. She's Hindu.
Turbo Pokey (1 year ago)
I want to know why pounds(as in weight) is abbreviated "lbs".
tsfcancerman (1 year ago)
swastika is still used alot in india and countrys around india so noone stopped using it
franciscomoutinho1 (1 year ago)
3:05 Bush is Satan, finally proof!! I knew it all along! :p
Toby Ward (1 year ago)
The Royal Navy (UK) submarine still use the skull and crossbones today .
tulikeppi (1 year ago)
the finnish air force used the swastika from 1918-1945
Jason Doherty (1 year ago)
Would a good idea be leaders that destroyed their empire or nation by stupid decisions or corruption/betrayal or civil war being high
Samuel Sullivan (1 year ago)
I'd suggest the color green. green in America symbolizes money, military, the conservationists​/the green energy movement, but it's even more confusing overseas. Iran alone it's the titular symbol of the Green movement which pushed for government reform and modern democracy but is also the color of Holiness in Islam, thus is worn at pro theocracy rallies. also, EPA + ad counsel teamed up in the 2010s to make a bizarre ad campaign trying to brand "being green" to mean 'getting a radon test.' Despite many media buys it didn't catch on and was a huge waste of tax payer money.
1973Washu (1 year ago)
There is an attempt to have the OK sign considered racist.
Stephen Tutton (1 year ago)
The buddhist symbol is swastica in reverse. Seen heeps of them in Korean buddhist temples.
Hets Girl (1 year ago)
🤘 also = heavy metal symbol called "devil horns", meaning "rock on".
Jānis (1 year ago)
We have symbol of swastika in our culture too just it isn't called swastika for us. We call it more like fire cross than swastika. And it has positive meaning. It just pains that Nazi did bad things to people but also trying to destroy other cultures by showing that using them are bad thing. https://lv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugunskrusts_(z%C4%ABme) I want to be able to use these symbols and not to be connected to (or misunderstood as) Nazi.
Ruben Pianegonda (1 year ago)
Simon you forgot to mentioned that the bullhorns mean in southeuropean culture (especcially italy and spain) that someone had sexual intercourse with the others spouse. So guys never do your texas horns in italy you will regret it ;)
Der Headbanger (1 year ago)
#4 is not linked to Satanism - that's rediculous. At least nowadays. It's used to appreciate everything Metal! Ever since Ronnie James Dio (or Gene Simmons? :D ) introduced it. He got the Symbol from his supersticious grandmother which used it to shoo the devil away! So it's pretty much the exact opposite. And since skandinavian countries are the stronghold of metal they surely know about this - unlike uninformed lazy journalists looking for sensationalism. HAIL METAL!! \m/
soni blackbones (1 year ago)
The Devil's Horns come from Italy, where it is used against the "evil eye" strangers might give you because they envy you or something. The Swastika was used also by the vikings, as one of many symbols related to Thor. Nice video, though a bit more research would be helpful :)
FuckinAntiPope (1 year ago)
The Horns Symbol is mostly used by Metalheads XD
Brandon McCage (1 year ago)
Also Wiccans
nationalist818 (1 year ago)
I agree is used by more Metal fans > Longhouns > Satanists
also for buddhist monks to exorcism
gabie dubin (1 year ago)
judaism knows the name of god , it doesn't know how to pronounce it.
milksheihk (1 year ago)
The Fleur de Lis is used in scouting world wide, not just the Boy Scouts of America, can't remember if any of Lord Baden Powell's writing mentioned why he chose it.
Dolev Litvin (1 year ago)
about the Jews - god has a name and they do know it, they just don't say it. In fact, the name appears EVERY time god is mentioned. it's "יהוה" or "ye'hova"
JB Crocuta (1 year ago)
i was hoping for the yin-yang as well. romans legionaries used it first on shields in the 3rd century CE, while china first used it in the 11th century.
Rolling Thunder (1 year ago)
The "symbol used by the Jews" is called the "Star of David" and is a holy symbol. The derisive tone of your voice betrays your anti-semitism. Believers in Judaism call their God "Yahweh" (English spelling and pronunciation). Written by a Christian!
Francisco Mariño (1 year ago)
The "rainbow flag", now being a symbol of the LGBTI movement, is also very, very similar to the Inca Empire of Tawantinsuyu colors... This pisses native traditionalists and nationalists here in South America a lot! LOL
prying eyes (1 year ago)
The swastika is also used on some Japanese Temples, and the horns are also used to symbolize the horned god among neo-pagans as well as an element in metal culture. Strange that these weren't mentioned. It would have only added about 5 or 6 seconds to the running time.
Dark Man (1 year ago)
\m/ hail santa
Brian H (1 year ago)
How symbolic.  Nice.
Mattteus (1 year ago)
LivingInVancouverBC (1 year ago)
The 's' in Fleur-De-Lis is silent.
Mega Charizard Z (1 year ago)
that Scientology joke was Savage :P
John Guice (1 year ago)
Mega Charizard Z I don't think it was a joke
Achilleas Labrou (1 year ago)
I like how the video connects Scientology with money.
schizoidboy (1 year ago)
The reason the CIA used former Nazi intelligence officers was because they understood the operations of the Soviets far better than the Americans did. One former intelligence officer who would later become head of West Germany's intelligence agency was such an officer and he did have some infiltration of the Soviet Union during the war. Some former CIA officers did admit they did know what they were doing. However, this was often at the cost of letting some who were war criminals go free. This was not to say all of them were war criminals but some notable ones did use what was known as the "Rat-line" to escape most notably Klaus Barbie who was later captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. It wouldn't have surprised me if the Soviets also did the same thing with former German intelligence officers if they were willing to impart some information they had on the Americans for the Russians.
Paul (1 year ago)
Like your show watch it a lot BUT DON'T APPRECIATE YOUR WISE CRACK ABOUT MY CHURCH , SCIENTOLOGY. you KNOW nothing about it except what you read on the INTERNET, unless you have the facts, which you don't, just by what you said! Stick to the facts, Simon.
Wake me up Inside (1 year ago)
These videos are amazing. I love all of them
Depipro (1 year ago)
On the subject of Hindus believing there are many Gods, many Hindus won't agree with that statement as such. They would instead describe their pantheon as one all-permeating Deity, who has different aspects, represented by different names, roles and attributes. On the other hand, the Judaic religions used to have a multitude of angels ("The Lord and His Hosts", or how is the usual English wording of that Old-Testamental formula?), who are in many ways comparable to the lesser Deities of other religions... And I wouldn't be surprised at all if, much farther back, both Hinduism and Judaism have roots in Ancient Sumer.
Cú Chulainn (1 year ago)
The Illuminati?
Sean Novellino (1 year ago)
Do top ten dress shirts that Simon has wore. (Always looking crisp)
Our Profile (1 year ago)
Simon is the real bald eagle
The Fifth Hour (1 year ago)
I went to 3:52
Derek Bootle (1 year ago)
snarky attitude much?
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Hmmm...I assume he his. He usually narrates following the attitude of the script he is reading. He takes his lead from that.
Derek Bootle (1 year ago)
TopTenz ....I mean Simon Whistler. His attitude during the video was flat out snarkey, like it was insulting him to have to talk about religion or business. Is he ok?
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Yes, a lot. Our writers can be a sarcastic bunch.
Leopard-King (1 year ago)
Symbols are stolen because they petrify meaning. There is no way around this, one must use static symbols to light the path to the flux of meaning. However the down side is that these idols can be snatched and repurposed. I do not believe in the story of Saint Peter being crucified upside down. However, even if it were true, Catholics violate the moral of THEIR OWN STORY! If Peter got crucified upside down to avoid the the company of the notable death of the LORD why would anyone TURN IT INTO A SYMBOL TO BE REMEMBERED LIKE UNTO THE LORD! You are doing the exact opposite of what Peter was trying to avoid by being crucified upside down. He did not want attention and you gave him attention and acclaim that is on par with the LORD.
Leopard-King (1 year ago)
I morn for the captives. My family is in the belly of that beast.
Sean Novellino (1 year ago)
Leopard-King Hypocrisy runs rapid in Catholicism. It's hard to take any of them serious.
imreallyrotten (1 year ago)
Errmmm, no Nazi sympathizers in the U.K. before and during WW2 right? Is that why you said it under your breath about some in the United States supporting Nationalist Socialist brand. Kind of a bad place to put a zinger imo. Plenty of blame to go round in polluting the swastika from its' original meaning...
Erk (1 year ago)
Top Ten most unique languages (as in isolated ones) ones with no relatives.
Erk (1 year ago)
+TopTenz Not rare. I meant like Basque, & such. Languages with no language family. Interesting Article though.
TopTenz (1 year ago)
We did an article about this years ago. http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-rarest-languages.php
Grace Collins (1 year ago)
The so-called "Long Horn" symbol is generally recognized as a sign evoking protection against the evil eye.
Genesis David (1 year ago)
dude it's like you were born to narrate. Saying your voice is perfect for narration is an understatement.
david barnett (1 year ago)
This david agrees woth that david.
Roger Grein (1 year ago)
Yeah! Hail Taake!
Doug Whole (1 year ago)
you could make an entire video about any of these Top Tens.....and you should.
Brian Garrow (1 year ago)
I have seen photos from the turn of the century, i.e.-1900 where some baseball players were members of the Swastika baseball team. Yes, they had big swastikas on their uniforms. Nazis were not even invented at that time. It was a reference to the Hindu meaning.
heterodyne1 (1 year ago)
the fleur de lys are also a great garage rock band!
Logic Killer (1 year ago)
I hate how Nazi demonized the "Swastika". "Swastica" roughly means "Shubh" (Auspicious) and "Laabh" (Prosperity)
the meaning and origin of symbols have always fascinated me. this video was right up my alley
Palash Sinha (1 year ago)
I am sorry but mst Simon must know more, in Hinduism there are is only one God and God reincarnates into human form to help humanity. there are not many gods but many incarnation.
Ascdren (1 year ago)
jolly rodger, 1 group that uses it, royal navy submariners
Sean Novellino (1 year ago)
Ascdren I love meatball subs!
artur ramirez (1 year ago)
the lleus de lis is used by ALL the scouts. It's the scouts'symbol
Angelo Aitken (1 year ago)
artur ramirez adopted but yes it is "their symbol"
Owen Squelch (1 year ago)
2:43 someone call the WSJ
scott Evil (1 year ago)
By the way its quite interesting how the Swastika became a Nazi symbol. It points back to the original theory about Arians etc. It was originally a linguistic term for a certain language family that had originated in each other and had many similarities. Those reached from India over the Arabic world to the germanien languages such as English, German, Dutch etc. (Semetic was a counter part. That´s where the word antisemitism originated from.) This theory was later converted from pure linguistical science into race concepts in which the Nazis saw the Arian as the best race. Since the Nazis knew that this also made Arabs and Indians part of their elite race they took a symbol from the Indian culture for their logo.
Steven Smith (1 year ago)
SuperFortress x you're lying Liberals are not changing to Libertarians they're still liberals and progressives they can't become Libertarians because Libertarians are a conservative party they're not changing from one party to another there just leaving the Democrats and be either becoming independent or joining other left-wing parties
J B (1 year ago)
Fairly interesting.
A Frickin Swede (1 year ago)
Hoest from Taake!
Raven (1 year ago)
Wait wtf you mention the fleur de lys and don't mention quebec's flag
Doug Whole (1 year ago)
Raven that's what I was thinking. ...each of these deserve more context.
Taylor Bolduc (1 year ago)
Don't forget Pepe
Vincent Adultman (1 year ago)
Taylor Bolduc kek
johnmburt1960 (1 year ago)
Once, the swastika was used by many groups, but.... https://imgur.com/gallery/UX4lal2
Jonathan Car show (1 year ago)
the eagle was used because it was the best bird same reasons the prussians and the Russians used it before native Americans were known to exist in the West plus we almost went with a turkey so trust me it had nothing to do with being cool
Danny Marshall (1 year ago)
cheers toptenz!
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Hello, Danny.
SS_Sala-Ud-Din_ Ayubi (1 year ago)
enso symbol is also used by AMD for there ryzen processor
Stefan Vrsajkov (1 year ago)
top ten reasons Earth couldnt possibly be flat.Please.
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Why, we already told you why the Earth is flat. (wink, wink). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wCFIJ-XnRY
Jonathan Car show (1 year ago)
Stefan Vrsajkov wouldn't it be easier to do a toptenz why it's round
Sulfuric Acid (1 year ago)
Sulfuric Acid (1 year ago)
no size is a size
JoakTheOdd (1 year ago)
What if there is no size?! What do we do! Do we disappear...?
Sulfuric Acid (1 year ago)
JoakTheOdd (1 year ago)
Sulfuric Acid ( . Y . ) bigger is better...
Preston Marsh (1 year ago)
no we actually do know how the skull and crossbones came to be. do research. if a ship came down with a sickness they would fly the flag of death to warn others to steer clear. pirates soon adopted this as a strategy maneuver allowing a element stealth to their plundering.
david barnett (1 year ago)
Pirates would also just ly the same flag as the enemy. So that doesnt really say much. They stole flags then used then.
paddy7812 (1 year ago)
I read in a few accounts that Captain Jack Rackham was the first pirate to fly the skull and crossbones. But then again who knows.
FuckinAntiPope (1 year ago)
Preston marsh this is true, but they didn't used the Skull Flag to show that they have sick people on board, they used Red flags for that and the pirates adopted it before the Skull flag
Charley Reynolds (1 year ago)
"Aloomin-eye'. Like 'aloo-min-um'..
Robert Doucet (1 year ago)
toptenz is running out of ideas
Arabic person (1 year ago)
TopTenz A lot of Wendy's on imgur? I see what you did there
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Well, that is high praise indeed. Been seeing a lot of Wendy's on imgur lately.
Athena Green (1 year ago)
Damn, nobody's safe. TopTenz is the new wendy's
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Luis, no one wants to hear me complain, especially me. We did do a top 10 list about comments a long time ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy9k7KGE4Y0
God the Almighty (1 year ago)
Robert Doucet did you know every symbol and who used them and why? ass puppet
Brn Kehoe (1 year ago)
Top ten British army regiments
1973Washu (1 year ago)
The Gurkhas
Ben Coleman (1 year ago)
Jizldiedizl B (1 year ago)
I have the same symbol :D

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