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alfarinn
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 03:17 AM
Can Someone Tell Me More About This Symbol? :)

Herefugol
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 04:32 AM
It is a form of the Japanese tomoe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe). The tomoe is a shape that has many similar forms and many different meanings throughout East Asian culture. This form is created from three joined tomoe and is called the mitsudomoe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsudomoe).

It is similar to the triskelion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triskelion)/triskele, a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human legs, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry. Both words are from Greek "τρισκέλιον" (triskelion) or "τρισκελής" (triskeles), "three-legged", from prefix "τρι-" (tri-), "three times" + "σκέλος" (skelos), "leg". Although it appears in many places and periods, it is especially characteristic of the Celtic art of the La Tène culture of the European Iron Age.

As far as I know, neither has any real usage in Germanic culture (although, the insignia of the 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27th_SS_Volunteer_Division_Langemarck) used a variation of the triskelion).

wivienne
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 04:38 AM
As far as I know, neither has any real usage in Germanic culture (although, the insignia of the 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27th_SS_Volunteer_Division_Langemarck) uses a variation of the triskelion).

I think Langemarcks symbol has more references to Schwarze Sonne,Hakenkreuz etc so i am not sure here could be connection between this symbol and tomoe?..

Herefugol
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 04:46 AM
I think Langemarcks symbol has more references to Schwarze Sonne,Hakenkreuz etc so i am not sure here could be connection between this symbol and tomoe?..

There is no connection between the tomoe and the symbol of 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck, they are just similar designs. I just wanted to include something that was more of interest to those interested in European/Gemanic culture (since this is a Germanic forum). However, it is interesting to note that many symbols have distant connections. The swastika, for example, can be found on almost every continent on Earth.

wivienne
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 04:55 AM
There is no connection between the tomoe and the symbol of 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck, they are just similar designs. I just wanted to include something that was more of interest to those interested in European/Gemanic culture (since this is a Germanic forum).

Sorry then.I just didnt understand right what you wanted to tell :)


However, it is interesting to note that many symbols have distant connections. The swastika, for example, can be found on almost every continent on Earth.

Oh yes,here is realy a lot of things to think about.

Elessar
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 05:37 AM
Indeed, the only place I've seen this symbol, culturally speaking, is Japan.
Similar to the Celtic triskele and the Indo-European Swastika

Herefugol
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 06:06 AM
Indeed, the only place I've seen this symbol, culturally speaking, is Japan.
Similar to the Celtic triskele and the Indo-European Swastika

Yup. The form that alfarinn presents is the mitsudomoe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsudomoe), which is created from three joined tomoe.

From Wikipedia: "[it] is a popular symbol in Japan. Some view the mitsudomoe as representative of the threefold division (Man, Earth, and Sky) at the heart of the Shinto religion.

Originally, it was associated with the Shinto war deity Hachiman, and through that was adopted by the samurai as their traditional symbol. The mitsudomoe has been used in Japanese family crests (kamon) and corporate logos, and is a traditional symbol of Okinawa. Jeju-do's former flag has a mitsudomoe on it, as did the Ryūkyū Kingdom's flags."

It is not exactly information relevant to a Germanic preservationist forum but interesting information nonetheless.

GroeneWolf
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 06:26 AM
It is not exactly information relevant to a Germanic preservationist forum but interesting information nonetheless.

Since it a Shinto symbol I will move it to an other section of the board then.

alfarinn
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Thank you all for your answer !!:)