This symbol consists of two fishes,
which usually appear standing vertically with heads
turned inwards towards each other.
The pair of fishes originated
as an ancient pre-Buddhist symbol of the two sacred
rivers of India, Ganga and Yamuna. Symbolically,
these two rivers represent the lunar and solar channels,
which originate in the nostrils and carry the alternating
rhythms of breath or prana. In Buddhism, the golden
fishes symbolize happiness, as they have complete
freedom in water. They represent fertility and abundance
as they multiply very rapidly. Fish often swim in
pairs, and in China they represented conjugal unity
and fidelity, where a pair of fishes would often
be given as a wedding present.
Both Jesus Christ and Buddha
are known as 'fisher of men,' because they save
mortals from the ocean of suffering.
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