Believe in Peace
This sticker incorporates various religious symbols.
The "P" incorporates the Christian cross.
The "e" incorporates the male (arrow) and female (plus) gender symbols.The "e" also incorporates Albert Einstein's equation that expresses the equivalence between Energy (E) and Mass (m), in direct proportion to the square of light in a vacuum (c2). This equation is not really a religious symbol, but in this context, it might be said to symbolize the scientific world-view.
The letter "A" is represented by the Star of David, also known as the Shield of David. The symbol has been used since about A.D. 1000 to symbolize Judaism and the Jewish community. The symbol appears on the Israeli flag. Read more about the Star of David on Wikipedia.
The "C" is represented by a crescent moon and star, commonly used to represent Islam. However, the symbol was in use for thousands of years before it was ever associated with Islam. Here is what it says on About.com about these symbols: "Most sources agree that these ancient celestial symbols were in use by the peoples of Central Asia and Siberia in their worship of sun, moon and sky gods. There are also reports that the crescent moon and star were used to represent the Carthaginian goddess Tanit or the Greek goddess Diana."
The symbol used at the end instead of the letter "e" is called an "Omkar". It has been modified to incorporate a peace symbol. The "Omkar" represents the Sanskrit word for "Om". Om is "the primordial sound by which the earth was created -- a similar concept to the Greek Logos. It symbolizes unfolding or expansion." The Omkar has four parts representing the four states of human consciousness: ordinary wakefulness, deep sleep, dreaming, and absolute conscience.
Notice, also the peace symbol inside the right section of the Omkar.
The exclamation point incorporates a nine-pointed star, which is most commonly associated with the Bahai faith. Bahai is a faith founded by Bahá’u’lláh from Tehran in the mid 1800's, and emphasized global unity. The nine-pointed star stands for the highest single-digit number and completeness and fulfillment. Read more..
There are nine small religious symbols at the bottom of this sticker. From left they represent:
Toism (Taoism) - Tao is the first cause in the universe, the force that flows through everything. Taoists are dedicated to living in harmony with that flow. The Yin Yang symbol represents the balance of opposites within the Tao, shown as the outer circle. Each opposite includes some of the other in a constant dance of change. See more here.
Buddhist (Buddhism) - A teaching passed down by Siddhartha Guatama Buddha (The Awakened One), who brought insights to end suffering, achieve Nirvana, and escape the cycle of rebirth. The eight-spoked Dharmacakra represents the Eightfold Noble Path. Read more.
The third symbol is a mystery. It appears to show a flame inside a circle. If you know what this one means, please e-mail team (at) CarryaBigSticker (dot) com.
The fourth symbol is Kokopelli, a mythical humpbacked flute player who symbolizes fertility, replenishment, music, dance and mischief. Kokopelli is venerated by the Hopi tribe of the Southwest. More here.
The fifth symbol is the sun symbol used by the Zia tribe of New Mexico. The symbol represents, among other things, the four points of the compass, the four seasons of life, and the four sacred obligations. Read more.
Sikh (Sikhism) originated in the Punjab region of India in the 15th century. Sikhs believe the equality of humankind, universal brotherhood, and One Supreme God. The Khanda symbol is commonly seen on Sikh flags. More here.
The seventh symbol appears to be a Hamsa, a popular symbol used in Islamic jewelry. The symbol is said to provide a defense against the evil eye. It is also called the Hand of Fatima. Read more about the Hamsa here. This symbol also resembles a symbol that represents Jainism. Jainism prescribes pacifism and non violence toward all living beings and effort in the soul moving toward divine liberation and consciousness. The raised hand is a reminder to stop and think twice before risk of harming anything. Read more about Jainism at this link.
Wiccan/Pagan is a Neopagan religion and a modern form of witchcraft. The Pentagram has Celtic origins referring to Earth Goddess. Got to this link for further information.
Unitarian Universalists is a religious community characterized by support for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. They're open to a pluralistic approach to personal choice of beliefs. The chalice and flame represents the Father cradling the world in his arms. This version of the chalice and flame was commonly used until recently, when it was updated. Read more.