Friday, May 28, 2010

The LOST Symbols Part 2: Triskelion

Round and round we go, where do we stop nobody knows...

The next spinning symbol that´s covered today is the Triskelion. It was picked due to its similarity with the swastika, you know those thingies that Manson likes so much.

The origin of the word triskele or triskelion goes all the way back to greek etymology (Triskelion - τρισκέλιον ) meaning something like "three legs". In Celtic cultures the number three was repeated several times as in this early example:

Celtic Spiral or Triskele,used by Celtic Reconstructionists
 and occasionally as a Christian Trinitarian symbol.

A triskelion is the symbol of Brittany, as well as the Isle of Man and Sicily (where it is called trinacria). The Manx and Sicilian triskelia feature three running legs, bent at the knee and conjoined at the crotch area.
The 'Three Legs of Man' triskelion, the national symbol of the Isle of Man

Nazi Germany adopted a variation on the triskelion as the insignia for the 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck, composed mainly of Belgian volunteers. Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), a South African white supremacist paramilitary group, have used a flag featuring three black sevens that form a design reminiscent of the triskelion, in a white circle with a red background.

The coat of arms of the German city of Füssen.


This is the logo for Goon Moon, Jeordie White´s (Twiggy) side project. The figure in the center resembles the Triskelion.


Below are other visual examples or variations of how the concept of the swastika and the Triskelion are combined:

Cabaret movie poster, 1973 by Wiktor Górka.

Swastika-like legs used as props for the Grotesk Burlesk tour

The swastika legs incorporating a spiral in the middle, from "mOBSCENE", 2003.

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