De Mortillet is of opinion that such use of the sign was not merely ornamental, but rather a symbol of consecration, especially in the case of objects pertaining to burial.In the proto-Etruscan cemetery of Golasecca every tomb has a vase with a cross engraved on it.The swastika is a sacred sign in India, and is very ancient and widespread throughout the East. of Great Britain, VI, 454) believes it more common among the latter than among the former. In the last monument the swastika is imperfect in form, and resembles a Phnician letter.It has a solemn meaning among both Brahmins and Buddhists, though the elder Burnouf ("Le lotus de la bonne loi, traduit du sanscrit", p. It seems to have represented the apparatus used at one time by the fathers of the human race in kindling fire; and for this reason it was the symbol of living flame, of sacred fire, whose mother is Maia, the personification of productive power (Burnouf, La science des religions). 625), taking the Sanskrit word literally, divided it into the particles seems to have been used in a causative sense (Burnouf, Dictionnaire sanscrit-français, 1866). We shall explain below the value and symbolical meaning of this when found on Christian monuments.Such inferences are unwarranted, being contrary to the just rules of criticism and to the exact interpretation of ancient monuments. The stake and the gibbet were more common, the criminal being suspended on them or bound to them, but not nailed.The crucifixion of living persons was not practised among the Hebrews; capital punishment among them consisted in being stoned to death, e.g. But when Palestine became Roman territory the cross was introduced as a form of punishment, more particularly for those who could not prove their Roman citizenship; later on it was reserved for thieves and malefactors (Josephus, Antiq., XX, vi, 2; Bell. Though not infrequent in the East, it was but rarely that the Greeks made use of it. Certain Greeks who had befriended the Carthaginians were crucified near Motya by order of Dionysius of Syracuse (Diodor. Both in Greece and in the East the cross was a customary punishment of brigands (Hermann, Grundsätze und Anwendung des Strafrechts, Göttingen, 1885, 83).
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