sacred thread

Hindu - A triple cord given to boy initiates. This cotton thread is coloured according to caste - red for the Kshatriya, white for the Brahmins, yellow for the Vaisiya. The three strands represent darkness, passion and reality. At the end is a triple knot to repesent the triad of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. At times, referred to as sacred thread.
Persian - A six-stranded thread given to children of the Zoroastrian faith. This cord, given to children between the ages of twelve and fifteen, consists of seventy-two threads, equal to the numbers of chapters in the Yasna. Also referred to as sacred thread.

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