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Themis is the Greek goddess of divine justice. Her statue (mostly shown in movie-courts) shows her holding the scales in the left hand, a sword in the right hand. She is blind folded with a black ribbon. What the scales and sword symbolise ?

Asked by Ritu Arora, 05 Sep '08 12:54 pm
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The traditional visual symbol of "Justice" is a blindfolded woman holding scales and a sword. The scales are for weighing right and wrong; the sword is to punish the guilty; the blindfold is to show that she is impartial (i.e. that she does not treat friends differently from strangers, or high-ranking people better than humble ones, because she does not "see" them). But she is not deaf, because she listens to all the evidence put before her.

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Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 05 Sep '08 12:58 pm

 
  
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I guess sword symbolizes a fight against evil.
Answered by ramyata, 05 Sep '08 12:59 pm

 
  
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I noticed only the scale with the statue which is for equlity in the judgement. Sword may be for punishing the culprits
Answered by Ramakrishna K, 05 Sep '08 12:56 pm

 
  
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