Early followers of Christianity were called Pisciculi; the root of this Latin word is "fish" and the Apostles were often referred to as "fishers of men".
The fish symbol is simple to draw and was often used among Christians as a type of password during times of persecution by the Roman government.
When two strangers met and were unsure whether each other was a Christian, one would draw an arc in the earth like: ). If the other were a Christian, they would complete the symbol with a reverse arc: (), forming the outline of a fish.
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