Symbol of Man

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Meaning of the Symbol of Man

Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Symbol of Man. The Symbol of Man was used in many different forms to illustrate the life of man.


The Man Symbol - Man in the Maze
The Man Symbol is depicted in the Man in the Maze Symbol of Life. This symbol depicts a human figure at the entrance of a maze that is the path of life and the encounters experienced by man during his lifetime. The man symbol of the man at the entrance to the maze represents his birth. The dark center of the symbol represents death and eternal life. 

The white path followed by the man in the maze represents his journey and lessons through life. The life lessons of man go through various stages and include:

  • Childhood of Man
  • Acquiring knowledge and skills
  • Man's youth and innocence
  • Directions chosen
  • Friendship and Integrity
  • Observations made by the man
  • Independence
  • Building
  • Creativity
  • Gentleness and Beauty
  • Love, Harmony and Happiness
  • Truth, Strength and Understanding
  • Power of creation
  • Leadership, Power and Ambition
  • The Knowledge and understanding gained by man from experience
  • Enlightenment and Wisdom
  • Acceptance of change
  • Growth and foresight
  • Reflection and repentance
  • Introspection, to look inside the man
  • Acceptance of man's past life and death
  • Eternal life

The Man Symbol - Death
The death of a man was represented by the following symbol. Any Native American symbols that were portrayed upside down signified that they had been killed - for additional information refer to the Symbol of Death.

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