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The armoured triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man

Triskelion (or triskele, from Greek τρισκελής "three-legged") is a symbol consisting of three bent human legs, or, more generally, three interlocked spirals, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry (without any reflection symmetries). Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... cropped from Image:Man flag large. ... cropped from Image:Man flag large. ... Armour sucks ass alottttttttttt Armour was also commonly used to protect war animals, such as war horses and elephants. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Isle of Man shows a triskelion, the Three Legs of Man emblem, in the centre of a red flag. ... Look up three in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The triskelion appearing on the Isle of Man flag. ... Figures with the axes of symmetry drawn in. ...


A triskelion is the symbol of Sicily, where it is called Trisceli, and the Isle of Man, and a symbol of Brittany; the Sicilian and Manx triskelions feature three running legs, bent at the knee, conjoined at the crotch. The relation of the legged triskele to other variants is unclear. Spiral forms of the triskele are often classed as solar symbols, while the legged version, sometimes including a gorgon mask or Medusa's head at the central axle point in the Sicilian version, suggests a chthonic significance. Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Historical province of Brittany, showing the main areas with their name in Breton language The traditional flag of Brittany (the Gwenn-ha-du), formerly a Breton nationalist symbol but today used as a general civic flag in the region. ... Look up Crotch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A solar symbol is a symbol which symbolises the sun. ... See also Gorgona, for the Colombian/Italian islands. ... A relatively modern image of Medusa painted by Arnold Böcklin In Greek mythology, Medusa (Μεδουσα Queen), was a monstrous female character whose gaze could turn people to stone. ... For other uses, see Chthon (disambiguation). ...

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Origins

The triskelion symbol appears in many early cultures, including on Mycenaean vessels, on coinage in Lycia, and on staters of Pamphylia (at Aspendos, 370–333 BC) and Pisidia. A symbol of four conjoined legs, a tetraskelion, is also known in Anatolia. Celtic influences in Anatolia, epitomized by the Gauls who invaded and settled Galatia, are especially noted by students who prefer to see a Celtic origin for the triskelion. Mycenaean Greece, the last phase of the Bronze Age in ancient Greece, is the historical setting of the epics of Homer and much other Greek mythology. ... Lycia (Lycian: Trm̃misa) is a region in the modern day Antalya Province on the southern coast of Turkey. ... Pamphylia, in ancient geography, was the region in the south of Asia Minor, between Lycia and Cilicia, extending from the Mediterranean to Mount Taurus. ... Pisidia was an inland region in southern Anatolia. ... This article is about the European people. ... Anatolia and Europe Anatolia (Turkish: from Greek: Ανατολία - Anatolia) is a peninsula of Western Asia which forms the greater part of the Asian portion of Turkey, as opposed to the European portion (Thrace, or traditionally Rumelia). ... Gaul (Latin: ) was the name given,in ancient times, to the region of Western Europe comprising present-day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In his travels in the Levant, C.T. Newton mentions coming across the following along the coast of the Bosphorus:


"It is particularly rich in coins of Macedonia and Asia Minor. He possesses a fine specimen of a rare archaic dodekadrachm, in silver, which has been attributed with probability to some early king of Macedonia. On one side of this coin is a bearded figure seated in a car drawn by a single bull; above the bull is a helmet, like that which occurs as the principal type in the early silver coins of the kings of Macedon. Below the bull's body is a lotus flower. On the reverse is what is known to numismatists as a triquetra, formed of three human legs conjoined, as on the arms of the Isle of Man. "


The use of the symbol on coinage would seem to pre-date the use of the triquetra as a religious motif, pure and simple. Again, in the civic coinages which civic coinages which followed the Persian standard, Percy Gardner mentions various coins; here are a few citations:

  • "Aspendus and Selge. Obv. Warrior advancing. Rev. Inscr. Triquetra of legs. Weight, 164-170 grains (grm. 10.60-11). (B. T. XXIII.) "
  • "Obv. Draped personage seated in a car drawn by an ox: above, helmet; beneath, flower. Rev. Triquetra of legs, and acanthus ornaments. Weight, 624 grains (grm. 40.43). Brit. Mus. ( B. M. V. 17. )"

Coins here are dated to around 500 B.C.


Sicilian triskelion

The flag of Sicily, featuring the revived trinacria symbol
The flag of Sicily, featuring the revived trinacria symbol

Familiar as an ancient symbol of Sicily, the triskelion is also featured on Greek coins of Syracuse, such as coins of Agathocles (317-289 B.C.). In Sicily, the first inhabitants mentioned in history are the tribes of the Sicani (Greek Sikanoi) and the Siculi (Greek Sikeloi), who have given Sicily its more familiar modern name. The triskelion was revived, as a suitably neoclassic—and non-Bourbon—emblem for the new Napoleonic Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, by Joachim Murat in 1808 (illustration, left). Image File history File links Flag_of_Sicily. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sicily. ... Flag of Sicily The flag of Sicily was first adopted on 1282, after the Sicilian Vespers of Palermo. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Syracuse (Italian, Siracusa, ancient Syracusa - see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a city on the eastern coast of Sicily and the capital of the province of Syracuse, Italy. ... For the grindcore band, see Agathocles (band) Agathocles (361 BC - 289 BC), tyrant of Syracuse (317 BC - 289 BC) and king of Sicily (304 BC - 289 BC). ... The Sicani (or Sikanoi) were an ancient people of Italy who dwelt along the Tiber river. ... According to Thucydides (vi:2), before the arrival of Greek colonists, the Sicels (or Siculi) were one of the three tribes who inhabited Sicily: the Sicels (Greek Sikeloi) in eastern Sicily (as well as southern Italy), who spoke an Indo-European language, and the Sicani (Greek Sikanoi) and Elymi (Greek... Late Baroque classicizing: G. P. Pannini assembles the canon of Roman ruins and Roman sculpture into one vast imaginary gallery (1756) Neoclassicism (sometimes rendered as Neo-Classicism or Neo-classicism) is the name given to quite distinct movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that... The Two Sicilies The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Italian: il Regno delle Due Sicilie) was the new name that the Bourbon King Ferdinand IV of Naples bestowed upon his domain (including Southern Italy and the island of Sicily) after the end of the Napoleonic Era and the full restoration... Joachim Murat, King of Naples, Marshal of France. ...


The symbol dates back to when Sicily was part of Magna Grecia, the colonial extension of Greece beyond the Aegean[1] Pliny the Elder attributes the origin of the triskelion of Sicily to the triangular form of the island, ancient Trinacria, which consists of three large capes equidistant from each other, pointing in their respective directions, the names of which were Pelorus, Pachynus, and Lilybæum. Thus Pliny provided an eminently rational explanation—[neutrality disputed] but for a symbol that surely must be older than any cartographic conception of the island. [original research?] Since the triskelion may be associated with a multitude of triads, with new associations cropping up regularly, it is more productive just to look at the symbol itself.[neutrality disputed] Magna Graecia (Latin for Greater Greece, Megalê Hellas/Μεγάλη Ελλάς in Greek) is the name of an area in ancient southern Italy and Sicily that was colonised by ancient Greek settlers in the 8th century BCE. Originally, Magna Graecia was the... Greece and the Aegean Sea The Aegean sea in Greece as seen from the island of Greek: Αιγαίον Πέλαγος, Aigaion Pelagos; Turkish: Ege denizi) is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, located between the Greek peninsula and Anatolia... Pliny the Elder: an imaginative 19th Century portrait. ... For alternate meanings, such as the musical instrument, see triangle (disambiguation). ... The armoured triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man Triskelion (or triskele, from Greek τρισκελης three-legged) is a symbol consisting of three bent human legs, or, more generally, three interlocked spirals, or any similar symbol with three protrusions exhibiting... Messina, Italy Strait of Messina, Italy. ... Pachino is a town in the province of Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy. ... Marsala is a seaport city located in the Province of Trapani on the island of Sicily in Italy. ... Mapmaker redirects here. ...


The three legs of the triskelion are reminiscent of Hephaestus' three-legged tables that ran by themselves. They were mentioned in Iliad xviii: title page of the Rihel edition of ca. ...

"At the moment Hephaestus was busily
Turning from bellows to bellows, sweating with toil
As he laboured to finish a score of three-legged tables
To stand around the sides of his firm-founded hall. On each
Of the legs he had put a gold wheel, that those magic tables
Might cause all to marvel by going with no other help
To the gathering of gods and by likewise returning to his house."

Manx triskelion

Manx car registration plate, with the triskelion
Manx car registration plate, with the triskelion

In the symbol for the more thoroughly Celtic Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, the "three legs embowed" of the heraldic triskelion are represented now in armour, "spurred and garnished or (gold)." Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... // Introduction A license plate, number plate or registration plate (often referred to simply as a plate, or colloquially tag) is a small metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. ... Relief map of the Irish Sea. ... Embowed is a term in heraldry and architecture which means - curved like a bow (when applied to fish, animals or heraldic charges) bent (when applied to the human arm or leg), or having an arch or arches. ...


On Manx banknotes, the triskelion appears within a rim containing the Latin inscription QUOCUNQUE JECERIS STABIT ("Wherever you throw it, it stands"), safely divorced from any pagan connection. Just how old the triskelion is as a symbol of Man is mooted; it is documented since the thirteenth or fourteenth century at least. The triskelion is alternatively known as the tre cassyn ("three legs") in Manx. The symbol appears on the Isle of Man's ancient Sword of State, which may have belonged to Olaf Godredson, who became King of the Sudreys (Southern Hebrides and the Isle of Man) in 1226. King Olaf II of the Isle of Man, known as Olave in some texts, was the older brother of his predecessor, King Ragnald. ... This article is about the Hebrides islands in Scotland. ...


Kneeling clockwise is the correct symbol as it is said that bent or kneeling in an anti-clockwise fashion signifies aggression (see Swastika) in heraldry. This claim is yet to be substantiated and many Manx Churches and even the Lady Isabella in Laxey show the anti-clockwise presentation. A right-facing Swastika in a decorative Hindu form The swastika (from Sanskrit ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () or left-facing () forms. ... Lady Isabella lead mines water wheel pump, Isle of Man The Laxey Mines Wheel, named Lady Isabella after the wife of Lieutenant Governor Hope who opened the wheel, was built in 1854 by the Laxey engineer John Casement to pump water from the Laxey lead mines in the Isle of... View of the harbour and old part of town View from hill above Laxey Laxey (Manx: ) is a town on the coast in the north east of the Isle of Man. ...


Spiral triskele

The triple spiral symbol
The triple spiral symbol
Spiral triskelion, occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol
Spiral triskelion, occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol
A modern Triskelion variant of the Valknut symbol.
A modern Triskelion variant of the Valknut symbol.

The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may well have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. That spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe: it is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland. Because of its Celtic associations, it is also used as a symbol of Brittany (alongside the hermine). Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A modern form of the triple spiral symbol Triple spiral visible on entrance stone at Newgrange The triple spiral or triskele is a Celtic and pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, most notably inside the Newgrange passage tomb, on the entrance stone, and... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The adjective trinitarian is used in several senses: Ideas or things pertaining to the Holy Trinity A person or group adhering to the doctrine of Trinitarianism, which holds God to subsist in the form of the Holy Trinity The Trinitarian Order is a Catholic monastic order founded in 1198 by... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Odin with Sleipnir, Valknuts are drawn beneath the horse (Tängelgarda stone) The valknut (Old Norse valr, slain warriors + knut, knot) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles. ... Muiredacha Cross. ... A modern form of the triple spiral symbol Triple spiral visible on entrance stone at Newgrange The triple spiral or triskele is a Celtic and pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, most notably inside the Newgrange passage tomb, on the entrance stone, and... An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools. ... Newgrange, which is located at , is one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, and the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. ... This article is about the European people. ... Historical province of Brittany, showing the main areas with their name in Breton language The traditional flag of Brittany (the Gwenn-ha-du), formerly a Breton nationalist symbol but today used as a general civic flag in the region. ... The coat of arms of Brittany: Ermine. In heraldry, ermine is one of the furs used in blazon, representing the skin of the stoat. ...


In the north of Spain, the triskelion is used as a symbol of Galizan and Asturian nationalists. A similar symbol called lábaro by Cantabrian regionalist can be compared to the neighboring Basque culture's four-branched lauburu. Galiza or Galicia (Galego-Português: Galiza, Spanish: Galicia) is an autonomous community in the northwest of Spain. ... Anthem: Asturias, patria querida Capital Oviedo Official language(s) Spanish; Asturian has special status Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 10th  10,604 km²  2. ... Cantabri Lábaro. ... Anthem: Himno de Cantabria Capital Santander Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 15th  5,321 km²  1. ... An example of a lauburu: each arm can be drawn with three sweeps of a compass The lauburu or Basque cross has four comma-shaped heads similar to the Japanese tomoe. ...


A possibly related symbol of Germanic origin is the Valknut. Odin with Sleipnir, Valknuts are drawn beneath the horse (Tängelgarda stone) The valknut (Old Norse valr, slain warriors + knut, knot) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles. ...


Third Reich

The Third Reich adopted the Celtic triskelion as the insignia for a Waffen SS division composed of ("Celtic") Belgian volunteers. It is claimed, possibly apocryphally, that the similarity to the swastika caused confusion or distress amongst some Jewish refugees interned on the Isle of Man during World War II. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A right-facing Swastika in a decorative Hindu form The swastika (from Sanskrit ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () or left-facing () forms. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Modern use

Neopagans and Reconstructionists

As a Celtic symbol, the triskelion, usually consisting of spirals, but also the "horned triskelion", sometimes plays a role in Celtic groups and, rarely, can be seen in use by Germanic neopagan groups. The spiral triskelion is one of the primary symbols of Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism,[1] and also used by some Wiccans. Celtic Reconstructionists use the symbol to represent a variety of triplicities in their cosmology and theology; it is also a favored symbol due to its association with the god Manannán Mac Lir. Wicca is syncretic in nature and often aesthetically adopts symbolism from various cultures, particularly Celtic symbolism. It is less commonly used amongst Germanic neopagan groups due to the non-Germanic origins of the symbol; use by Germanic groups may be due to confusion or association with Norse symbols with triple symmetries, like the Valknut, the Triquetra, or the symbol found on the Snoldelev Stone. This article is about the European people. ... The Mjolnir is one of the primary symbols of Germanic neopaganism. ... Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism (CR) is a polytheistic, animistic, religious and cultural movement. ... The pentagram within a circle, a symbol of faith used by many Wiccans, sometimes called a pentacle. ... In Irish mythology, Manannan mac Lir was a sea and weather god. ... Odin with Sleipnir, Valknuts are drawn beneath the horse (Tängelgarda stone) The valknut (Old Norse valr, slain warriors + knut, knot) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles. ... Close-up of a triquetra on one of the Funbo Runestones. ... The Viking Age (Younger Futhark) runestone at Snoldelev, Ramsø, Denmark, dated to ca. ...


BDSM

A form of the triskelion has been proposed as a BDSM Emblem by some BDSM groups, partly based on a description in the Story of O. The specific emblem design is meant to be shown with metallic spokes and circle, and three holes (not dots) within the design. The BDSM Emblem is a proposed symbol of the BDSM community, based on a triskelion design similar to a three-fold Yin Yang symbol (see Sam taeguk). ... // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... One version of the Roissy triskelion ring described in the book Movie-style Ring of O, as sold in Europe Histoire dO (English title: Story of O) is an erotic novel published in 1954 about sadomasochism by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. ...


Political usage of the triskelion

The South African white supremacist paramilitary group, the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), have used a flag consisting of a red background with a white circle. In the circle, three black sevens form a design distantly reminiscent of the triskelion. In spite of the similarities to the swastika (and the overall resemblance to the Nazi flag, both having a black symbol on a white disc on a red background), they claim their flag is inspired by a Biblical meaning of the seven, and the fact that the organisation was founded on the seventh day of the seventh month, 1973 (from which the three 7's can be extracted). The flag of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging or AWB, is a political and paramilitary group in South Africa under the leadership of Eugène TerreBlanche. ... 7 (seven) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8. ... A right-facing Swastika in a decorative Hindu form The swastika (from Sanskrit ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () or left-facing () forms. ...


Modern popular culture

Comics

  • In Vertigo Universe, especially Hellblazer, the mother of all succubus (female sexual demons) is a terrific demon called Triskelle.
  • The Triskelion is the name used for the headquarters of the Ultimates in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. The building has a three-pronged shape if viewed from above.
  • In the Manga Naruto, the Curse Seal of the character Tayuya resembles a triskelion.
Sam-Taeguk
Sam-Taeguk

Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... Hellblazer is a contemporary horror comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. ... In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the Triskelion is the main headquarters of the Ultimates, a group of government-sponsored superheroes. ... The Ultimates are a fictional team of government-sponsored superheroes in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, appearing primarily in their self-titled comic book limited series The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2, published by Marvel Comics, written by Mark Millar, and drawn by Bryan Hitch. ... The various characters of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, as seen on the cover of Ultimates (v2) #12. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Weekly Comic Original run November 1999 – Ongoing No. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Film

  • Matthew Barney used the triskelion as a symbol to represent the fourth film in his work The Cremaster Cycle.
  • A triskelion-esque swirl is part of the Montrose Patriot art vehicle - the swirl pattern on the driver side fender might have been a coincidence.
  • The James Bond film Die Another Day featured a Korean Sam-Taeguk symbol (similar to the 1988 Olympic emblem) during the scene where Bond and Colonel Moon are in a duel on a hovercraft (the symbol is seen on a gong tower above a waterfall where Colonel Moon's hovercraft goes over). The taeguk, however, is a korean adaptation of the traditional taoist yin-yang symbol, used as the national symbol throughout many dynasties and has no celtic origins.
  • In the movie The Believer, the protagonist has a tattoo of a triskelion on his arm.
  • In the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, the protagonist Ghost Dog wears a jacket and a necklace featuring a triskelion.

Matthew Barney (born March 25, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is a contemporary artist who works with film, video, installations, sculpture, photography, drawing and performance art. ... Cremaster (films) The Cremaster Cycle is a sequence of five films by Matthew Barney, entitled Cremaster 1 to Cremaster 5. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Die Another Day is a 2002 spy film. ... Taeguk (Hangeul: 태극, Hanja: 太極) is the Korean pronunciation of Taiji, a Chinese principle associated with Taoism that refers to the co-existent union of yin and yang, from which all is actualized. ... The Believer is a 2001 film written by Henry Bean and Mark Jacobson, and directed by Bean. ...

Games

  • The collectible card game Magic: The Gathering has a card named Triskelion. This artifact creature has been depicted in two separate ways; both versions have three limbs, but neither resembles the actual symbol.
  • The video game BloodRayne features triskelion as the symbol of Rayne's National Socialist enemies, instead of the historic use of the swastika.
  • The video game Metroid Prime: Hunters features a character, Trace, who can transform into a red, three-legged insectoid creature called a triskelion.
  • The anthropomorphic role-playing game Ironclaw features a port city called Triskellion which resembles Sicily in atmosphere. The flag of the city bears 3 clamshells in a radial pattern.
  • The sport triskelion is a ball game where three teams compete at once on a triangular field.
Flag of the Ryukyu Islands from 1875 to 1879
Flag of the Ryukyu Islands from 1875 to 1879

Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... BloodRayne, is a horror-themed third-person action video game. ... A right-facing Swastika in a decorative Hindu form The swastika (from Sanskrit ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () or left-facing () forms. ... Metroid Prime: Hunters is a first-person shooter adventure game for the Nintendo DS. Details of the game, which is part of the Metroid series, were announced at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo (E³) show in 2004. ... This is a list of Metroid series creatures for Metroid Prime 2, Metroid Prime Hunters, and Metroid Prime 3. ... Ironclaw is an anthropomorphic fantasy role-playing game published by Sanguine Productions set in a renaissance-inspired fictional world, on a continent called Calabria. ... Triskelion is a soccer-like ball game for three teams, apparently named after the triskelion of the Isle of Man. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ingushetia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ingushetia. ... The Flag Of Ingushetia In the religion and philosophy of the Ingushes, the Solar emblem (In the center of the flag) represents not only the sun and the universe but also awareness of the oneness of the spirit in the past, present and future. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Location of Ryukyu Islands The Ryukyu Islands, in Japanese called the Nansei Islands ) are a chain of Japanese islands in the western Pacific Ocean at the eastern limit of the East China Sea. ...

Literature

  • Severian, the protagonist of The Book of the New Sun (written by Gene Wolfe) adopts a dog with three legs and names him "Triskele".
  • In Limbo, by Bernard Wolfe (1953) the triskelion represents an achievement of high level in a society that believes in amputation of one's limbs (legs, arms) to avoid war or fighting.

Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931, New York, New York) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. ... One version of the Roissy triskelion ring described in the book Movie-style Ring of O, as sold in Europe Histoire dO (English title: Story of O) is an erotic novel published in 1954 about sadomasochism by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ... Pauline Réage, pseudonym of Anne Desclos (September 23, 1907 - April 27, 1998), was a French author. ... Sexual slavery is a special case of slavery which includes various different practices: forced prostitution single-owner sexual slavery ritual slavery, sometimes associated with traditional religious practices slavery for primarily non-sexual purposes where sex is common or permissible In general, the nature of slavery means that the slave is...

Music

  • Flea, the bassist for the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, has a tattoo of the triskel on his right pectoral muscle.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ...

Television and radio

  • In the second season Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion", the crew of the Enterprise are pressed into gladiatorial combat on a planet named Triskelion. The symbol of the planet is a truncated blue triangle with a yellow stylized triskelion inscribed.
  • In the Doctor Who audio drama Storm Warning, the Doctor meets an alien race called the Triskele, who use a triskelion symbol to delineate the three aspects of their species.
  • A fractal version of the triskelion, consisting of a large blue-silver raised dot with three curved arms of similar dots around it, is a major motif of the 2005 TV series Threshold. It is the symbol of the aliens who invade Earth.

The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... The Gamesters of Triskelion is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast January 5, 1968 and repeated May 3, 1968. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... Radio drama, which had its greatest popularity in the U. S. and in most other countries before the widespread access to television programming, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story in her or his minds eye--in this sense, it resembles reading... Storm Warning is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... The boundary of the Mandelbrot set is a famous example of a fractal. ... Threshold is a science fiction drama television series that first aired on CBS in September 2005. ...

Other uses

  • The Triskelion is shown on the seal of Tau Gamma Phi, the most dominant fraternity in the Philippines. A member of Tau Gamma Phi is called a Triskelion. The triskelion is accompanied by the motto "it will stand no matter where you throw it" on the seal.
  • A triskelion shape is also found in the Roundel of the Irish Air Corps (unique among air force roundels). It is loosely based on the Flag of Ireland and traditional Celtic triskele boss designs.
  • A triskelion shape is a charge in the Arms of the SCA Kingdom of Trimaris. It is a reference to the "Three Seas" surrounding Florida.
  • the three sevens link [citation needed]
  • Indonesian pharmaceutical products Cap Kaki Tiga (Three Legs Brand) of PT. Sinde Budi Sentosa have a red conventional triskelion as their logo.

Image File history File links Irish_Air_Corps_roundel. ... Image File history File links Irish_Air_Corps_roundel. ... The Irish Air Corps (in Irish: Aer Chór na hÉireann) provides the air defence function of Oglaigh na hÉireann (the Irish Defence Forces), in support of the Army and Naval Service, together with such other roles as may be assigned by the Government (e. ... Tau Gamma Phi—the Triskelion’s Grand Fraternity— is a social organization of higher education students in The Philippines, founded on a similar model to the fraternities of the United States and Canada. ... Seal of the United States Department of Transportation. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. ... The modern proportion RAF roundel A roundel in heraldry is any circular shape; in military use it is an emblem of nationality employed on military aircraft and air force flags, generally round and consisting of concentric rings of different colors. ... The Irish Air Corps (in Irish: Aer Chór na hÉireann) provides the air defence function of Oglaigh na hÉireann (the Irish Defence Forces), in support of the Army and Naval Service, together with such other roles as may be assigned by the Government (e. ... The National Flag of Ireland (Irish: An Bhratach Náisiúnta), also known as the Irish tricolour, was adopted officially in 1919 by the the state called Ireland (Éire in Irish), sometimes known as the Republic of Ireland. ... In heraldry, a charge is an image occupying the field on an escutcheon (or shield). ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... The Society for Creative Anachronism (usually shortened to SCA) is a historical reenactment and living history group approximating mainly pre-17th century Western European history and culture. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... In Biochemistry, clathrin triskelions assemble from polypeptides to form a basket-like convex framework which in turn causes the plasma membrane of a cell to invaginate at that point and ultimately to pinch off and form a vesicle. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Isle of Man shows a triskelion, the Three Legs of Man emblem, in the centre of a red flag. ... Flag of Sicily The flag of Sicily was first adopted on 1282, after the Sicilian Vespers of Palermo. ... Notional arms – Argent a fylfot azure (a blue fylfot on a white shield) – exemplifying the design of the fylfot commonly shown in modern heraldry texts. ... Cantabri Lábaro. ... An example of a lauburu: each arm can be drawn with three sweeps of a compass The lauburu or Basque cross has four comma-shaped heads similar to the Japanese tomoe. ... The Viking Age (Younger Futhark) runestone at Snoldelev, Ramsø, Denmark, dated to ca. ... A right-facing Swastika in a decorative Hindu form The swastika (from Sanskrit ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () or left-facing () forms. ... A modern form of the triple spiral symbol Triple spiral visible on entrance stone at Newgrange The triple spiral or triskele is a Celtic and pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, most notably inside the Newgrange passage tomb, on the entrance stone, and... Close-up of a triquetra on one of the Funbo Runestones. ... Odin with Sleipnir, Valknuts are drawn beneath the horse (Tängelgarda stone) The valknut (Old Norse valr, slain warriors + knut, knot) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles. ... Taegeuk is the Korean cognate of Taiji, the Taoist concept of yin and yang, from which all is actualized. ... A tomoe design on a taiko drum A tomoe (å·´) is a Japanese abstract shape that resembles a comma or the usual form of magatama. ...

References

  1. ^ Bonewits, Isaac (2006) Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism. New York, Kensington Publishing Group ISBN 0-8065-2710-2. p.132: [Among Celtic Reconstructionists] "...An Thríbhís Mhòr (the great triple spiral) came into common use to refer to the three realms." Also p. 134: [On CRs ] "Using Celtic symbols such as triskeles and spirals"

The armoured triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man Triskelion (or triskele, from Greek τρισκελης three-legged) is a symbol consisting of three bent human legs, or, more generally, three interlocked spirals, or any similar symbol with three protrusions exhibiting... A modern form of the triple spiral symbol Triple spiral visible on entrance stone at Newgrange The triple spiral or triskele is a Celtic and pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, most notably inside the Newgrange passage tomb, on the entrance stone, and...

Sources

  • Travels & Discoveries in the Levant. Volume: 1." by C.T. Newton, 1865, p24
  • "A History of Ancient Coinage, 700-300 B.C." by Percy Gardner, 1918, p180

External links

  • triskelion at symbols.com
  • triple spiral at symbols.com
  • John Newton, "Armorial bearings of the Isle of Mann," in Manx Notebook, January 1886
  • Peter Symes, "The Isle of Man and the Triskelion"

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Triskelion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1720 words)
A triskelion is the symbol of Sicily, where it is called Trisceli, and the Isle of Man, and a symbol of Brittany; the Sicilian and Manx triskelions feature three running legs, bent at the knee, conjoined at the crotch.
In the north of Spain, the triskelion is used as a symbol of Galizan and Asturian nationalists.
A fractal version of the triskelion, consisting of a large blue-silver raised dot with three curved arms of similar dots around it, is a major motif of the 2005 TV series Threshold.
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Triskelion (or triskele, from Greek τρισκελης "three-legged") is a symbol consisting of three bent human legs, or, more generally, three interlocked spirals, or any similar symbol with three protrusions exhibiting a symmetry of the cyclic group C
A triskelion is the symbol of the Bretagne, of Sicily and of the Isle of Man; The Sicilian and Manx triskelions feature three running legs, bent at the knee, conjoined at the centre.
Pliny attributes the origin of the triskelion of Sicily to the triangular form of the island, ancient Trinacria, which consists of three large capes equidistant from each other, pointing in their respective directions, the names of which were Pelorus, Pachynus, and Lilybæum.
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