Saturday, 14 March 2015
Thundermark Found on Ancient Germanic Spears
Runebinder recently discussed onhttp://volkisch-runes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/this-is-one-of-many-cheap-rings.html the appearance of an ancient symbol on modern runic jewellery. This symbol is considered by some scholars to be a Tamga, a clannic symbol of authority which can be traced back to the Aryan Sarmatian and Iranian tribes. It features on a number of ancient Germanic spears discovered in Germany, Denmark and eastern Europe, namely the Dahmsdorf and Vimose (Denmark) spearheads. The above image is of the Dahmsdorf spear.
J.T. Sibley in her The Divine Thunderbolt. Missile of the Gods (2009) considers this symbol to be a form of Keraunoi which are thunderbolt symbols found amongst various Indo-European cultures. The presence of this symbol in connection with swastikas and runes on Germanic spears strengthens this interpretation further. My own view is that this symbol is both a Keraunos and a Tamga.
What is remarkable is that this rarely seen symbol has thus re-emerged on a piece of runic jewellery possibly made in the far east. It would be interested to learn who designed the said piece of jewellery and what was the inspiration behind it.