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18th Jan '16 8:57:54 PM Laevatein
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** Similarly, a character wearing a cross is as likely to reflect, say, the popularity of a certain {{Madonna}} album at the time the show was made as the character's religious beliefs.
18th Jan '16 8:53:33 PM Jacob175
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* ''Literature/DigitalFortress'' uses the real fact that ChristopherColumbus is interred in the Cathedral of Seville to claim that he is a saint worshipped in the "Spanish" Church, rather than him being there just as a notable person since churches were common burial places until recently. Not content with it, DanBrown then [[DanBrowned blows it completely out of the water]] by inventing that his body was butchered and turned into relics that were diseminated in churches through the whole country, with Seville being the proud guardian of his [[FlatWhat scrotum]].

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* ''Literature/DigitalFortress'' uses the real fact that ChristopherColumbus is interred in the Cathedral of Seville to claim that he is a saint worshipped in the "Spanish" Church, rather than him being there just as a notable person since churches were common burial places until recently. Not content with it, DanBrown Creator/DanBrown then [[DanBrowned blows it completely out of the water]] by inventing that his body was butchered and turned into relics that were diseminated disseminated in churches through the whole country, with Seville being the proud guardian of his [[FlatWhat scrotum]].



** May be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the Bolsheviks (especially at the beginning) found new uses for the buildings of the "opium of the people". The churches were converted into theaters, town halls, stables, warehouses, museums or shuttered/demolished. Thanks to the Church's [[ChurchMilitant large manpower contributions]] to the anti-revolutionary White Army, and enormous wealth, they were a top opponent of the Bolsheviks. The succeeding Soviet government was openly anti-religious and any Christian symbolism was prohibited until TheEighties, with an exception of a period during [[WorldWarII the War]].

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** May be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the Bolsheviks (especially at the beginning) found new uses for the buildings of the "opium of the people". The churches were converted into theaters, town halls, stables, warehouses, museums or shuttered/demolished. Thanks to the Church's [[ChurchMilitant large manpower contributions]] to the anti-revolutionary White Army, and enormous wealth, they were a top opponent of the Bolsheviks. The succeeding Soviet government was openly anti-religious and any Christian symbolism was prohibited until TheEighties, with an exception of a period during [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the War]].



** May have ''something'' to do with the fact that if you showed people photo of buildings in Moscow and asked them to point to the Kremlin (a fortified former palace strongly associated with the government of the USSR/Russia in much the same way as "White House" is used metaphorically to refer to the Excecutive Branch of government in the US) they'd be much more likely to point to St. Basil's Cathedral (the building with all the onion domes in Easter egg colors, which is just across Red Square from the Kremlin) than to the Grand Kremlin Palace itself (which looks more like a rather nice hotel). See the next few examples for more cases of people getting this wrong.

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** May have ''something'' to do with the fact that if you showed people photo of buildings in Moscow and asked them to point to the Kremlin (a fortified former palace strongly associated with the government of the USSR/Russia in much the same way as "White House" is used metaphorically to refer to the Excecutive Executive Branch of government in the US) they'd be much more likely to point to St. Basil's Cathedral (the building with all the onion domes in Easter egg colors, which is just across Red Square from the Kremlin) than to the Grand Kremlin Palace itself (which looks more like a rather nice hotel). See the next few examples for more cases of people getting this wrong.



* The Kremlin wonder in ''RiseOfNations'' ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.

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* The Kremlin wonder in ''RiseOfNations'' ...''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.



** [[LatinLand Santo Rica]] ("Saint Rich"), also from Marvel Comics. This one is not even gramatically correct: Santo is a masculine word and Rica, feminine. [[DependingOnTheWriter Some writers have caught on this]] and use "Santo Rico".

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** [[LatinLand Santo Rica]] ("Saint Rich"), also from Marvel Comics. This one is not even gramatically grammatically correct: Santo is a masculine word and Rica, feminine. [[DependingOnTheWriter Some writers have caught on this]] and use "Santo Rico".



** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"? San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northen extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). [[/note]]

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** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"? San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northen northern extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). [[/note]][[/note]]
** From ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', the town Carlito is avenging is Santa Cabeza. In English, it means Saint Head.



** The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''Film/{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.

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** The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable recognizable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''Film/{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.
15th Jan '16 10:45:16 AM AgProv
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* Some coins made in Britain during the Dark Ages like those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offa_of_Mercia Offa of Mercia]] have Arab inscriptions reading "there is no God but Allah" or claiming to have been struck in Damascus a number of years after the Hegira. It is believed that the engravers just copied contemporary Abassid gold dinars and mistook the writing for decoration.

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* Some coins made in Britain during the Dark Ages like those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offa_of_Mercia Offa of Mercia]] have Arab inscriptions reading "there is no God but Allah" or claiming to have been struck in Damascus a number of years after the Hegira. It is believed that the engravers just copied contemporary Abassid gold dinars and mistook the writing for decoration.[[note]]Or else international trade, via the Vikings perhaps, got a lot further than we think. A gold coin is a gold coin anywhere: the inscription on it is surface detail.[[/note]]
10th Jan '16 6:09:40 PM LordInsane
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* The Soviet War Factory from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', with an "onion dome" -- a traditional element of Russian Orthodox church architecture -- lodged on its roof. Several other Soviet structures in this game were given similar "attachments". On the other hand, Red Alert is built entirely on {{Camp}} and RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfFunny, so this can be excused by the MST3KMantra.

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* The Soviet War Factory from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', with an "onion dome" -- a traditional element of Russian Orthodox church architecture -- lodged on its roof. Several other Soviet structures in this game were given similar "attachments". On the other hand, Red Alert (from that game on, at least) is built entirely on {{Camp}} and RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfFunny, so this can be excused by the MST3KMantra.
6th Dec '15 3:05:02 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.

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** The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''{{Agora}}'' ''Film/{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.
6th Dec '15 9:26:34 AM mlsmithca
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* FIFA thought it would be a great idea to release a football bearing the flags of the countries that had classified for the 2002 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. And it would have, if one of those countries wasn't Saudi Arabia, which has the 'Shahada'--the fundamental Islamic declaration of faith ("There is no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet")--sewn into it, taken straight from the Quran. Add to that that [[ValuesDissonance hitting something with your shoes or feet is a supreme insult in Middle Eastern culture]] and you can figure where this is going.

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* FIFA thought it would be a great idea to release a football bearing the flags of the countries that had classified qualified for the 2002 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. And it would have, if one of those countries wasn't Saudi Arabia, which has the 'Shahada'--the fundamental Islamic declaration of faith ("There is no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet")--sewn into it, taken straight from the Quran. Add to that that [[ValuesDissonance hitting something with your shoes or feet is a supreme insult in Middle Eastern culture]] and you can figure where this is going.



** The South Korean organizers also run into trouble when they painted the flags on a hall's ground, ensuring that visitors would step on them.

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** The South Korean organizers also run ran into trouble when they painted the flags on a hall's ground, ensuring that visitors would step on them.
6th Dec '15 8:53:01 AM Naram-Sin
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** The South Korean organizers also run into trouble when they painted the flags in the ground of a hall, ensuring that visitors would step on them.

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** The South Korean organizers also run into trouble when they painted the flags in the ground of on a hall, hall's ground, ensuring that visitors would step on them.
27th Sep '15 3:51:42 PM mlsmithca
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* Played straight in ''TheBoondockSaints''. Smecker interprets the [=McManus=] brothers' habit of placing pennies in the eyes of the dead to be a payment to Charon (Greek ferrymen of the dead across the river Styx), so they can cross over and atone for what they did in life. The payment to Charon was a coin ''under the tongue.'' Placing coins on the eyes simply served as a weight to keep the eyelids from opening on their own post-mortem. Not to mention that two ''very'' Christian Irishmen would probably not participate in a pagan Greek funeral rite.
** Worth noting, the quote associated with that scene:

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* Played straight in ''TheBoondockSaints''.''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. Smecker interprets the [=McManus=] brothers' habit of placing pennies in the eyes of the dead to be a payment to Charon (Greek ferrymen of the dead across the river Styx), so they can cross over and atone for what they did in life. The payment to Charon was a coin ''under the tongue.'' Placing coins on the eyes simply served as a weight to keep the eyelids from opening on their own post-mortem. Not to mention that two ''very'' Christian Irishmen would probably not participate in a pagan Greek funeral rite.
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rite. Worth noting, the quote associated with that scene:



* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
** Likewise, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Masjid al-Haram]] wonder in ''Civilization IV'' is actually the Dome of the Rock. (For those not in the know, the former is the Kaaba--the Black Cube--in a big mosque in Mecca. The latter is the blue and gold octagon in Jerusalem, which while cool and significant isn't half as cool or significant as the actual Masjid, which is the holiest site in Islam).

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* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
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Cathedral. Likewise, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Masjid al-Haram]] wonder in ''Civilization IV'' is actually the Dome of the Rock. (For those not in the know, the former is the Kaaba--the Black Cube--in a big mosque in Mecca. The latter is the blue and gold octagon in Jerusalem, which while cool and significant isn't half as cool or significant as the actual Masjid, which is the holiest site in Islam).



* {{Mayincatec}} castles in the ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' expansion ''The Conquerors'' are very impractical sacrifice pyramids. Probably [[RuleOfCool done on purpose]] as realistic Mesoamerican fortresses wouldn't be as iconic.

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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series examples:
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{{Mayincatec}} castles in the ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' expansion ''The Conquerors'' are very impractical sacrifice pyramids. Probably [[RuleOfCool done on purpose]] as realistic Mesoamerican fortresses wouldn't be as iconic.



* Stave church architecture is used frequently for housing, castles and great halls in TheElderScrollsVSkyrim

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* Stave church architecture is used frequently for housing, castles and great halls in TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.



* Seth [=MacFarlane is obviously=] a pretty big fan of RuleOfFunny and generally [[TheyJustDidntCare just doesn't care]], but his use of Jewish symbols is, unsurprisingly, way off the mark. In at least a couple episodes in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' he shows Jews wearing prayer shawls at the wrong times (either outside of prayer, or at nighttime services when they are not worn), and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' at one point, in a fantasy cutaway, shows Cleveland reciting Kol Nidre, the Aramaic annulment of vows that begins Yom Kippur, by reading it out of a Torah scroll. It is a legal declaration, not a Biblical passage, and is certainly not found in the Torah (it's not even in the same language).
** In a ''SchoolhouseRock''-style music video in WesternAnimation/AmericanDad the Kremlin used as a counterpart to the White House... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has also made this mistake more than once, though it's easy to miss behind the glamour of ''Zombie Lenin''.
** One episode had a figure of the Virgin Mary presiding a football stadium in Brazil. [[RuleOfFunny The statue then became alive and took part in a fight between hooligans.]]

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* Seth [=MacFarlane [=MacFarlane=] is obviously=] obviously a pretty big fan of RuleOfFunny and generally [[TheyJustDidntCare just doesn't care]], but his use of Jewish symbols is, unsurprisingly, way off the mark. In at least a couple episodes in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' he shows Jews wearing prayer shawls at the wrong times (either outside of prayer, or at nighttime services when they are not worn), and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' at one point, in a fantasy cutaway, shows Cleveland reciting Kol Nidre, the Aramaic annulment of vows that begins Yom Kippur, by reading it out of a Torah scroll. It is a legal declaration, not a Biblical passage, and is certainly not found in the Torah (it's not even in the same language).
** * In a ''SchoolhouseRock''-style ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock''-style music video in WesternAnimation/AmericanDad ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the Kremlin used as a counterpart to the White House... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has also made this mistake more than once, though it's easy to miss behind the glamour of ''Zombie Lenin''. \n** One episode had a figure of the Virgin Mary presiding a football stadium in Brazil. [[RuleOfFunny The statue then became alive and took part in a fight between hooligans.]]



** The worst example has to be places in several different stories called San Diablo...''Saint Devil''.
*** This one also pops up in the first ''SpyKids'' film.

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** The worst example has to be places in several different stories called San Diablo...''Saint Devil''.
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Devil''. This one also pops up in the first ''SpyKids'' ''Film/SpyKids'' film.



** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"?
*** San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northen extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). [[/note]]
* The Kremlin in ''a great deal of American source material'' [[RunningGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. This is probably due to Western journalism superimposing an image of the Cathedral while announcing news relating to Russia during much of the 20th century. Perhaps ironically, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' does feature ''both'', having models for what is a incorrectly-designed Grand Kremlin Palace and the cathedral.
** It doesn't help that when you do a Google image search for "Kremlin," what shows up most prominently [[OverlyLongGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. It's a shame because there are some rather nice-looking churches on the Kremlin grounds.
** To clarify: The Kremlin is a fortress. With red walls and green roofs. Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed stands just outside the Kremlin. It is a colorful temple.
* The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.

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** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"?
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Angels"? San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''DemolitionMan'', ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northen extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). [[/note]]
* The Kremlin in ''a great deal of American source material'' [[RunningGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. This is probably due to Western journalism superimposing an image of the Cathedral while announcing news relating to Russia during much of the 20th century. Perhaps ironically, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' does feature ''both'', having models for what is a incorrectly-designed Grand Kremlin Palace and the cathedral.
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cathedral. It doesn't help that when you do a Google image search for "Kremlin," what shows up most prominently [[OverlyLongGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. It's a shame because there are some rather nice-looking churches on the Kremlin grounds.
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grounds. That said, the Kremlin is a fortress. With red walls and green roofs. Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed stands just outside the Kremlin. It is a colorful temple.
* Letters in non-Roman alphabets are particularly prone to being used as substitutes for the Roman letters they resemble rather than the Roman letters they actually represent.
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The Greek capital letter Lambda (L) looks like a Latin A without the horizontal dash. It has the advantage of being recognisable as a letter (the wrong one) while making anything look instantly Greek. Many authors therefore use it as a substitute for A, leading to nonsensical things like the poster for ''{{Agora}}'' which actually says "LGORL" in a mix of Greek and Latin letters. Then there's Sigma, which looks vaguely like E, to similar effect.



* Often seen in tattoos or posters of [[DragonsUpTheYinYang a Yin-Yang symbol]] with [[TigerVersusDragon a tiger and Chinese dragon]] battling it out. Chances are, the dragon will be in the black part of the symbol, while the tiger will be in the white part, likely to match their colors (the tiger will ''always'' be a white tiger, in this case). This would be a mistake in Taoist philosophies, as this is quite backwards; while the tiger and dragon do indeed represent Yin and Yang, they do so ''respectively''. The ''tiger'' represents Yin (the black area), while the ''dragon'' represents Yang (the white area). Likely, the mix-up comes from Western views of dragons as evil creatures, automatically placing it in the "dark" side of the symbol, while the strong and noble ''white'' tiger is placed in the "good" side. Just remember this handy rule of thumb to keep them straight: the tiger waits in the darkness to strike at its prey, while the dragon charges forth brashly into the light of the sky.
** Additionally, DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood. Yin-Yang is not about Good vs. Evil, but about achieving balance between two opposing and complimentary forces. Birth (dark) must be balanced by death (light), or else populations would explode or wither away. Masculinity (light) is balanced by femininity (dark).

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* Often seen in tattoos or posters of [[DragonsUpTheYinYang a Yin-Yang symbol]] with [[TigerVersusDragon a tiger and Chinese dragon]] battling it out. Chances are, the dragon will be in the black part of the symbol, while the tiger will be in the white part, likely to match their colors (the tiger will ''always'' be a white tiger, in this case). This would be a mistake in Taoist philosophies, as this is quite backwards; while the tiger and dragon do indeed represent Yin and Yang, they do so ''respectively''. The ''tiger'' represents Yin (the black area), while the ''dragon'' represents Yang (the white area). Likely, the mix-up comes from Western views of dragons as evil creatures, automatically placing it in the "dark" side of the symbol, while the strong and noble ''white'' tiger is placed in the "good" side. Just remember this handy rule of thumb to keep them straight: the tiger waits in the darkness to strike at its prey, while the dragon charges forth brashly into the light of the sky.
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sky. Additionally, DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood. Yin-Yang is not about Good vs. Evil, but about achieving balance between two opposing and complimentary forces. Birth (dark) must be balanced by death (light), or else populations would explode or wither away. Masculinity (light) is balanced by femininity (dark).
27th Sep '15 3:15:32 PM LentilSandEater
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* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' really is the Kremlin, but the little icon for it ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
** That was a LampshadeHanging / ContinuityNod to the previous games.

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* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' really is the Kremlin, but as a nod to their mistakes in the previous game, the little icon for it ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
** That was a LampshadeHanging / ContinuityNod to the previous games.
Cathedral.
23rd Sep '15 4:40:32 PM nombretomado
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* ThoseWackyNazis appropriating swastikas. The swastika, previous to encounters with India and Buddhism, was already a very popular symbol in the West. It was commonly associated with, among other things [[NorseMythology Thor]], the god of thunder. In fact, the swastika is so ubiquitous in world cultures that some, including Carl Sagan, theorized that it was, in fact, based off the image of a comet seen straight on. Others have hypothesized that it represents the sun. The Nazis made the mistake of assuming it to be an Aryan symbol above all else, and proved a connection between the mythic white Aryans (real Aryans, AKA Proto-Indo-Europeans, almost certainly weren't blonde-haired, blue eyed Nordics, and resembled North Indians or Iranians[[note]]the words "Aryan" and "Iran" are cognates, incidentally[[/note]]) and the Scandinavian cultures they admired.

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* ThoseWackyNazis appropriating swastikas. The swastika, previous to encounters with India and Buddhism, was already a very popular symbol in the West. It was commonly associated with, among other things [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]], the god of thunder. In fact, the swastika is so ubiquitous in world cultures that some, including Carl Sagan, theorized that it was, in fact, based off the image of a comet seen straight on. Others have hypothesized that it represents the sun. The Nazis made the mistake of assuming it to be an Aryan symbol above all else, and proved a connection between the mythic white Aryans (real Aryans, AKA Proto-Indo-Europeans, almost certainly weren't blonde-haired, blue eyed Nordics, and resembled North Indians or Iranians[[note]]the words "Aryan" and "Iran" are cognates, incidentally[[/note]]) and the Scandinavian cultures they admired.
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