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As a religious symbol, the pelta was adopted by Samaritan Christians of the first few centuries of the Common Era to represent their identity as distinct from the Jews, and perhaps to gain acceptance from their Roman overlords, since they were often persecuted. Remains of Samaritan buildings and graves evidence their use of the symbol.Today, the pelta is employed as a tribal emblem of the Isars, a Hebrew ethnoreligious group that claims descent from Christianized Samaritans of Dalmatia. They employ this symbol alongside others as being representative of their heritage and identity.