The assumption is a teaching of the Catholic church about what happened to Mary, the mother of Jesus, after she died. Just as he entered a new form of life, so did she. She is traditionally depicted as being taken up into heaven, just as Jesus was. The upward direction of the last part of the sign indicates this (spatially the sign for heaven occupies an upper space).
The sign is used in the Catholic Deaf community in Sydney.
Let us know if your Deaf community or church use this sign. Please tell us where in Australia you are, and the name or denomination of your church.
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