In the latest sequel to The Hunger Games, the Three Finger Salute was deployed as sign of RESISTANCE to OPPRESSION.
|Here actress Jennifer Lawrence, acting as Katniss Everdeen, gives the sign of solidarity with her District 12 brethren.|
Watching this scene in the second HUNGER GAMES movie immediately reminded me of a bit of Russian History and art that also employed three and two finger salutes meaningfully. The Russian version uses a two finger salute as a sign of resistance rather than three. Russians who supported the OLD BELIEVERS used two fingers to make the sign of the Cross.
The image below shows the newly required three finger sign of the cross required by Russian Orthodox Church in the late 1600s. This and other reforms were undertaken to bring the Russian Orthodox Church in line with the mother church: Greek Orthodox. The Old Believers made their allegiances known by making the two finger sign of the cross. This was a challenge not only to the Russian Orthodox church, but to the entire Russian govt under the leadership of the Czar. HERE is a great article about an OLD BELIEVER COMMUNITY in Alaska that persists today !
|Three finger sign of the cross instituted in 1600s Russia.|
Here's another use of TWO FINGERS
During WORLD WAR TWO, the "V" sign stood for VICTORY. Here we see England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill giving the VICTORY Sign to boost morale in the face of Nazi aggression.
THEN.....came the 1960s....and the two fingers changed meaning
|Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The "V" for victory came to symbolize PEACE by the late 1960s.|
1960s HIPPIE deploying their two fingered peace sign.
|President of the United States RICHARD NIXON using the peace sign during his 1968 run for the presidency.|
WHY did the TWO FINGERs change meaning???? Click on THIS ARTICLE: it Pretty much tells you all about it. ENJOY ! !
BUT....BEFORE YOU GO..... Ponder this.... WHY is JUSTIN BIEBER FLashing these TWO FINGERS?