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Borrowing a page from Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Crispian Jago explains the Jesus Fish:
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There are no words for how awesome this is.
The fish used by Christianity was first used to symbolize a fertility goddess who was part fish. The symbol when turned is meant to represent the female vagina.
I’ll never look at that fish the same way again… lol
“the female vagina.” As opposed to the MALE vagina?
beat me to it
Isn’t that where all religious symbols come from? From much older believes, and myths? But yes, this is totally awesome! Even better than the Darwin version I’ve seen on a car ones (this design but with legs and the word “Darwin” inside).
Always thought it was a little yonic…
Since it uses big words like ‘credulous’ and obscure ones like ‘numpty’, the people who need to get this message will not be able to understand it.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. This is yet ANOTHER nerdy “insider” joke that the rest of the world won’t get.
Gore Kristian: gosh I thought it had to do with the bread & fishes story in the bible. I just assumed that people stuck that sign on their car in the hope that it would multiply into more cars. Fertility, hmm, like eggs and the easter bunny? Maybe we should discourage it then; more fundamentalist nut cases is the last thing we need.
From Wikipedia: ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys) is an acronym for “Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior”. I’m sure that the early Christians had seen the fish, and many probably knew what it really meant.
The fish symbol predates the cross, which wasn’t adopted until several centuries later.
Actually it represents a dead, dried-out fish carcass, after all the fish have been killed by pollution and CO2 in the ocean.
The mid-to-dark blue and thin line type face made it pretty hard to read on my phone. Even on a computer, it’s not as legible as it could be.
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