MarksA mark or character used to represent a culture such as the Christian cross.
Graphic DesignA graphic design such as a national flag, seal, crest or logo.
ColorsColors associated with a culture. For example, the color black is symbolic of several music subcultures including metal, punk and goth.
MusicSongs, anthems, instruments or musical traditions. For example, Highland Bagpipes as a symbol of Scottish culture.
LanguageLanguage such as a word, phrase, principle or slogan. For example, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence that may be considered symbolic of American culture.
FashionFashion such as traditional kimono that are symbolic of Japanese culture.
ArchitectureArchitecture such as Big Ben as a symbol of British culture.
Food & BeveragesFood and beverages associated with a traditional or modern culture. For example, sake is symbolic of Japan.
AnimalsIt is common for nations to have a national animal such as the giant panda of China.
Mythical CreaturesMythical creatures such as the unicorn as a symbol of Scottish culture.
PlantsPlants such as the maple tree as a symbol of Canada.
ProductsProducts such as wine as a symbol of France.
DocumentsDocuments such as the Constitution of the United States.
IndividualsIndividuals such as Mahatma Gandhi as a symbol of India.
PersonificationSome nations are represented by an allegoric figure who's considered a personification of the nation. For example, Marianne is a manifestation of the Goddess of Liberty who is symbolic of France.
InstitutionsInstitutions such as Cambridge and Oxford as symbols of British culture.
HolidaysHolidays are often important symbols of a nation or religion. For example, Independence Day in the United States.
PastimesPastimes such as a sport or game that are representative of a local or national culture. For example, sumo as a symbol of Japanese culture or surfing as a symbol of Hawaiian culture.
ArtArtworks such as American Gothic as a symbol of the culture of the United States.
TraditionsTraditions such as the traditional performers of Japan known as Geiko and Geisha.
PlacesPlaces such as Sunset Beach and nearby Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii as symbols of surfing subculture.
OtherAny tangible or intangible entity can be symbolic of a culture, super culture or subculture. For example:
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An entity that represents a culture.
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