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Group DescriptionThe wheel with six spokes-petals
It is a question about widespread, both geographically, and historically, the symbol representing wheel with six spokes-petals.
Still in XIX-XX centuries in the north of Europe the traditions connected with this symbol were live (it is possible in some regions they are live and until now) about what it is possible to receive representation, having visited museums of Norway, Finland and Russia.
Here, in Russia, at Russian North, the wheel with six spokes-petals was widespread still until recently and was called «thunder sign». It is authentically known that this sign was represented in following cases:
- On subjects with the special value, demanding special protection: on chests, saltcellars, children's cradles, ritual ladles and mugs etc.
- Sign represented on log huts «from thunder», that lightning hasn't struck the house.
Having generalised, it is possible to tell that «thunder sign» was represented for the purpose of protection of object, subject, house etc. from malicious forces and undesirable influences.
In the European ethnography this symbol is known as «Wheel of Jupiter». Jupiter is considered the supreme deity of the Roman pantheon, god of the sky, god-thunderer. At Slavs to Jupiter there corresponds Perun.
There are some suppositions of origin wheel with six spokes-petals.
- The wheel with six spokes-petals is the one of the Sun symbols
- The wheel with six spokes-petals is fireball
On the basis of wheel with six spokes-petals there is another, as the widespread symbol representing of several «wheels» «bound» among themselves.
This symbol was used in meaning «Universe», «all the World».
Melchizedek and his followers naming this symbol «The Flower of Life».
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