Triskelion

AZL flag holder TransparentWhile the triskelion is considered a Celtic symbol it is in fact more generally Indo-European (Aryan). like the familiar sun wheel (Swastika) invariably it has rotational symmetry and is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, three bent human legs, or three bent/curved lines extending from the centre of the symbol. Both words are from Greek “τρισκέλιον” (triskelion) or “τρισκελής” (triskeles), “three-legged”, from prefix “τρι-” (tri-), “three times” + “σκέλος” (skelos), “leg”. In pre-Christian antiquity the triskelion symbol appeared in many Aryan cultures. The earliest known so far is in Malta 4400–3600 BC but it has been speculated to be a contemporary of the Swastika. The triple spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe and the design is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange monument in County Meath, Ireland which was built around 3200 BC, corresponding with images found in other parts of Europe such as Mycenaean vessels, on coinage in Lycia, and on staters of Pamphylia (at Aspendos, 370–333 BC) and Pisidia. It also appears as a heraldic emblem on warriors’ shields depicted on Greek pottery. The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. In Sicily the triskelion is called trinacria. It is also a very familiar banner in the Isle of Man, Brittany, and the town of Füssen in Germany.

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