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the Trinaglia is the symbol of Sicily, what is the meaning of it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The word you want is TRINACRIA. According to an article in

    Wikipedia, Trinacria is both an alternative name for Sicily and a

    synonym for its national symbol, the TRISKELION, which also

    appears on the flag of Sicily.

    Historically, the name Trinacria was used after the Peace of

    Caltabellotta (1302) to distinguish between the two Sicilies that

    became a reality after the War of the Sicilian Vespers. Frederick III of

    Sicily was recognised as king over Sicily, with the title of "King of


    Charles of Anjou was recognised as king over the southern portion of

    the Italian peninsula, with the title of King of Sicily, usually rendered

    by historians as "King of Naples," for such was his capital.

    The Medusa in the center of the triskelion implies the protection of

    the Goddess Athena, the patron Goddess of the Isle. In early

    mythology, Medusa was the destructive aspect of Athena. Later, she

    was a monster slain by the hero Perseus, whose head then adorned

    Athena's shield.

    A triskelion or triskele, from the Greek word for "three-legged", is a

    symbol consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human

    legs, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold

    rotational symmetry. A triskelion is the symbol of Brittany, as well as

    the Isle of Man and Sicily (where it is called "Trisceli"). The Manx and

    Sicilian triskelions feature three running legs, bent at the knee and

    conjoined at the crotch.

    Spiral forms of the triskele are sometimes 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 (or one that designates, or pertains

    to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek

    religion. Greek "khthon" is one of several words for "earth"; it typically

    refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land.

    The Sicilian triskelion dates back to when Sicily was part of "Magna

    Graecia" (Latin for "Greater Greece"), the colonial extension of Greece

    beyond the Aegean, and the name of the area in Southern Italy and Sicily that was colonized by Greek settlers in the eighth century BC,

    who brought with them the lasting imprint of their Hellenic civilization.

    Pliny the Elder attributes the origin of the triskelion of Sicily to the

    triangular form of the island, the ancient Trinacria, which consists of

    three large capes equidistant from each other, pointing in their

    respective directions, the names of which were Pelorus (northeast), Pachynus (extreme southeast), and Lilybaeum (or Marsala, on the westernmost part of the island).

    The Third Reich adopted a variation on the triskelion as the insignia

    for a Waffen-SS division. Their symbol resembled 2 parallel lightning bolts (see a picture of it shown on a recruiting poster at

    (NOTE: For science-fiction fans, a three-colored, slightly

    asymmetrical triskelon is the most common symbol of the Klingons

    from the "Star Trek" franchise since their first appearance in the

    original series. Its meaning within the context of the "Star Trek"

    universe has never been explained. I have a picture of it on my

    photobucket page:

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  • 4 years ago

    Triskelion Meaning

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  • Dorene
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    4 years ago

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    Well... you should know a few things first: - symobls don't have meaning all on their own. They're just shapes. We give them meaning. - the symbol you're referring to isn't a Wiccan symbol. It's also not a rune. It is a modern symbol used by rebellious teens and the like. It means "Anarchy". It's more of a fashion, like dressing goth. Jerome keeps answering Wicca questions without having a clue as to what Wicca is. He should simply be ignored.

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  • 3 years ago

    Sicilian Trinacria

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