A cross whose arms end in arrowheads is called a "cross barby" or "cross barbee" in the traditional terminology of heraldry
Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry comes from Anglo-Norman herald, from the Germanic compound harja-waldaz, "army commander"...
. In Christian
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use, the ends of this cross resemble the barbs of fish hooks, or fish spears. This alludes to the Ichthys
Ichthys, from Koine Greek: , is the Greek word for "fish"....
symbol of Christ
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, and is suggestive of the "fishers of men" theme in the Gospel
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In modern use, the symbol has become associated with extremist right wing organisations after the Arrow Cross (Nyilaskereszt) symbol was used in Hungary
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in the 1930s and 1940s as the symbol of a Hungarian National Socialist political party, the Arrow Cross Party
Arrow Cross Party
The Arrow Cross Party was a national socialist party led by Ferenc Szálasi, which led in Hungary a government known as the Government of National Unity from October 15, 1944 to 28 March 1945...
. The symbol consists of two green double-ended arrows in a cross configuration on a white circular background, much like the German Nazi
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The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing form in counter clock motion or its mirrored left-facing form in clock motion. Earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient...
. The arrow cross symbol remains outlawed in Hungary.
A similar symbol, the Crosstar, is now used by the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist
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group based in the United States. Both are basically the arrow cross symbol.