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The Buddhist symbol should be changed

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by Bast, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. Bast

    Bast Protector of Cats

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    Why is it a statue of a Buddha when it should be the Wheel?



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharmacakra

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Verge

    Verge Let's hug it out

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    The current symbol is simpler, which is good when it displays as a tiny little icon on cities, the scoreboard, etc.
     
  3. 6K Man

    6K Man Bureaucrat

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    Besides, the Buddhist wheel symbol looks too much like the CTP icon. They should change it ;)
     
  4. Hehehe

    Hehehe Emperor

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    Well videogames are not always 100% accurate. I think they chose buddha because it's even more obvious symbol of Buddhism (people regognize it better). Besides, it works
     
  5. IamJohn

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    I like it the way it is, Buddism is known by the statue around the world, it's a more easily identified with Buddism, while the wheel isn't nearly as well known, and when you're looking at an icon 3 or 4 pixels wide, that's kinda important.
     
  6. r_rolo1

    r_rolo1 King of myself

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    ^^And the wheel is already used by the Indian civ.....
     
  7. monolith94

    monolith94 Warlord

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    Isn't the Om character the symbol used by the hindu religion?
     
  8. LucyDuke

    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    It's just more recognizable to the average person. And much easier to depict in a tiny icon.

    Taoism probably shouldn't be the yin & yang, either. But whaddayagonnado.
     
  9. Sibben

    Sibben Chieftain

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    Yes, and the wheel is on the Indian banner IRC.
     
  10. Stolen Rutters

    Stolen Rutters Deity

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    Wow, I never knew the Dharmacaka (wheel thingy) was "the symbol". When I saw the Bhudda statue, I knew what it was about. I learned something today!
     
  11. smeiter.de

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    over the time I feel a bit of attached to the old symbol. the new one would make it look odd :cry:
     
  12. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Night Elven Ghost Agent

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    If you want to have that as a Buddhist symbol. Try a hand over at the C&C forum and ask if one of the modders and artists can make one :).
     
  13. Bast

    Bast Protector of Cats

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    I might do that actually. Not all Buddhists believe in bowing down to Buddha statues. But the wheel - especially the turning of the wheel - is the core of Buddhism.
     
  14. dirtyparrot

    dirtyparrot Upholding Brannigan's Law

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    Probably because far more people would associate that image with Buddhism than the one you've provided (not that what you've said isn't factually correct). Although with this, you need to take the good with the bad as the Kremlin image is not that of the actual Kremlin (but of Saint Basil's Cathedral).
     
  15. Saim

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    Yes, it is technically the symbol of Buddhism, and I agree with you.

    Unfortunately though, most Westerners would recognize a Shakyamuni or Budai/Putai/Hotei statue more than they would recognize the wheel.

    To those who are saying that the wheel is already the Indian civilizations symbol - so what? No-one brings this up when people suggest Israel as a civilization.
     
  16. EquinoxOmega

    EquinoxOmega Scientist

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    I think this symbol is better.
    AND there is no problem with the solution, because the symbol for Konfuzianism is also very detailrich.
     
  17. Turquoiside

    Turquoiside Emperor

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    What? They don't preset flags you know. The star dosen't have to be their flag.
     
  18. devilhunterred

    devilhunterred Prince

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    My mom practice Budhism and sometimes I would go with her to shrines and temples on religious occasions as simple respect to her, but I have to say I have never actually seen such symbol :confused:
     
  19. devilhunterred

    devilhunterred Prince

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    Worst. Suggestion. Ever. Ever.
     
  20. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Silly furry

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    Well, for most Westerners (that I come into contact with anyways), Buddhism = golden fat statue of Buddha. I agree the dharmachakra would be better (and the Indian symbol should then be changed to Asoka's lion pillars).

    Look closer. The dharmachakra is the globally recognised symbol for Buddhism. Most temples that I've been to though don't display it promenently (unlike Christian crosses on/in churches.)
     

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