I Cultural Symbols People have developed symbol" which serve as a shorthand reminder of the institution. The citizen is reminded of allegiance to government by the flag; to religion by a crucifix, crescent, or Star of David: to the family by a wedding ring; to education by the school colors or animal totem (mascot); and to the system of economic controls by brand names and trademarks. Music: also has symbolic meanings. National anthems, school songs, religious hymns, and singing commercials all use the art of melody to strengthen institutional ties. Buildings may bcc'omc institutional symbols, so that it is hard to think of home
without a house, religion without a church edifice, education Without a school building, or government without the presidential mansion or king's palace.