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The Origin of the Five-Point Star Badge

[We print the following letter for the information of our more recent subscribers, but point out that the explanation was given m the January number of "Kai Tiaki," 1916. Similar letters were received from several nurses, and we thank our correspondents who have taken the trouble to send the explanation. — Editor. ]

Cameron St., Whangarei. August 8, 1923. Dear Miss Maclean, — T was very much interested m the paragraph referring to the origin or the meaning of the "Fivepointed Star"— the badge of the registered nurses of New Zealand. AVhilst it is quite possible the points Avere adopted from the New Zealand flag, there is a much deeper meaning. The fact of the five points as given signify very little. As a matter of fact, the same shape medal is worn by registered nurses m three or possibly more of the Southern States of America. What T wish to point out as having a deeper significance is : the five-point-ed star is symbolical, originating with the Chaldeans and carried through by the ancient Egyptians m the worship of Tsis. Tt was also a recognised badge of those connected with medicine, a part of the training connected with the priesthood. To secure admission to the priesthood, oaths

of allegiance were required, sworn on the five-point star, which was considered the Ey& of God. Plumridge 's l i Medical Miscellanys ' ' gives the following as representing a portion of the oath, being divided into five parts as per five points of the star: 1. The Hand. — That my hand shall bo ever extended to help, comfort, and relieve the sick and suffering. 2. The Foot.— That my feet shall not falter, loiter or linger, when journeying to alleviate the suffering of the sick. 3. The Knee. — That my knee shall bow m supplication to Almighty Ra (God) for the aid m my endeavour to succour and relieve the sick and suffering. 4. The Breast. — That my breast shall be n safe and sacred repository for any secret entrusted to me, or divulged during the sickness of delirium, or otherwise obtained. 5. The Head.' — That T will constantly pursue the study of the secret arts. That I will exorcise my knowledge to the benefit of the suffering, mental or bodily distress, and that T will disseminate such knowledge among others that my preceptors may authorise and direct. Trusting same may be of interest, and with best wishes T remain, yours, etc., M. D. JONES, (nee M. D. Lepine.)

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Kai Tiaki, Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume XVI, Issue 4, 1 October 1923

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The Origin of the Five-Point Star Badge Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume XVI, Issue 4, 1 October 1923

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