Labrys Necklace, Double Bladed Axe Charm Pendant Pagan Woman Female Symbol 16-36

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller annclaridge (1,597) 100%, Location: Lubbock, Texas, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252685937262 INCLUDES Pendant on a nice 1-mm diameter snake chain necklace. It will arrive in a USA-made plain white jewelry gift box, which is lined with non-tarnishing jeweler's fiber. For shipping, bubble wrap will be layered on the outside of the gift box to help it arrive in gift-giving condition. This pendant is double-sided and reversible- same on both sides. MEASUREMENTS The Snake Chain measures approximately 1mm (.04") in diameter. Your choice of length: 16", 18", 20", 22", 24", 26", 28", 30" or 36". For the pendant, please see the additional photos for measurements and comparison to the size of a coin. This will give you a better idea of its size. MATERIALS -The pendant is a zinc alloy casting. -The snake chain is silver plated brass. Tibetan Silver is the common name for Zinc Alloy. It is used primarily in jewelry components, and is similar to pewter - an alloy of zinc or copper, and sometimes tin, with a small percentage of pure silver. Its overall appearance is of aged silver, but it can be polished to provide highlights on complex castings. Black Patina is sometimes added after casting to highlight the design. This creates dark shadows in the grooves, which resembles aged sterling. ABOUT Labrys is the term for a symmetrical double-bitted axe originally from Crete in Greece, one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization; to the Romans, it was known as a bipennis. The symbol was commonly associated with female divinities. The double-bitted axe remains a forestry tool to this day, and the labrys certainly functioned as a tool and hewing axe before it was invested with symbolic function. Labrys symbolism is found in Minoan, Thracian, and Greek religion, mythology, and art, dating from the Middle Bronze Age onwards, and surviving in the Byzantine Empire. Labrys was a cult-word that was probably introduced from Anatolia, where such symbols have been found from the neolithic age. The priests at Delphi in classical Greece were called Labryades (the men of the double axe). While double axes are common in high fantasy settings, in reality, they were not commonly used in combat. In modern uses, the labrys symbolizes a variety of pagan and women's movements. The labrys, as a historic goddess movement symbol representing the memory of Pre-patriarchal matristic societies, has also has been used since the 1970s as a lesbian, and feminist, symbol said to represent women's strength and self-sufficiency. There is also an organization for LGBT rights in the country of Kyrgyzstan called the Labrys Organization. The group's goal is to improve the quality of life for all LGBTIQA individuals in their country as well as the surrounding Central Asia region. Labrys (Greek: λάβρυς, lábrus) is, according to Plutarch (Quaestiones Graecae 2.302a), the Lydian word for the double-bitted axe called in Greek a πέλεκυς (pélekus). The relation with the labyrinth is uncertain. Plutarch relates that the word labrys was a Lydian word for "axe": Λυδοὶ γὰρ ‘λάβρυν’ τὸν πέλεκυν ὀνομάζουσι. The word probably appears in Linear B inscriptions, and it may be Minoan. Many scholars including Evans assert that the word labyrinth is derived from labrys, and thus would imply "house of the double axe". A priestly corporation in Delphi was named "Labyades". The original name was probably "Labryades", servants of the double axe. In Roman times at Patrai and Messene, a goddess Laphria was worshipped, commonly identified with Artemis. Her name was said to be derived from the region around Delphi. However, in Crete the "double axe" is not a weapon and always accompanies women and not a male god. Beekes regards the relation of labyrinth with labrys as speculative, and rather proposes a relation with laura (λαύρα), "narrow street", or to the Carian theonym Dabraundos (Δαβραυνδος). It is also possible that the word labyrinth is derived from the Egyptian loperohunt, meaning "palace or temple by the lake". The Egyptian labyrinth near Lake Morris is described by Herodotus and Strabo. The inscription in Linear B on tablet KN Gg 702, reads da-pu2-ri-to-jo-po-ti-ni-ja. The conventional reading is λαβυρίνθοιο πότνια ("mistress of the labyrinth"). According to some modern scholars it could read *δαφυρίνθοιο, or something similar, and hence be without a certain link with either the λάβρυς or the labyrinth. A link has also been posited with the double axe symbols at Çatalhöyük, dating to the neolithic age. In Labraunda of Caria the double-axe accompanies the storm-god Zeus Labraundos. In ancient Crete, the double axe was an important sacred symbol of the supposed Minoan religion. In Crete it never accompanies male gods, but always female goddesses. It seems that it was the symbol of the arche of the creation (Mater-arche). In the Near East and other parts of the region, eventually, axes of this sort are often wielded by male divinities and appear to become symbols of the thunderbolt, a symbol often found associated with the axe symbol. In Labraunda of Caria the double-axe accompanies the storm-god Zeus Labraundos. Similar symbols have been found on plates of Linear pottery culture in Romania. The double-axe is associated with the Hurrian god of sky and storm Teshub. His Hittite and Luwian name was Tarhun. Both are depicted holding a triple thunderbolt in one hand, and a double axe in the other hand. Similarly, Zeus throws his thunderbolt to bring storm. The labrys, or pelekys, is the double axe Zeus uses to invoke storm, and the relative modern Greek word for lightning is "star-axe" (ἀστροπελέκι astropeleki) The worship of it was kept up in the Greek island of Tenedos and in several cities in the south-west of Asia Minor, and it appears in later historical times in the cult of the thunder god of Asia Minor (Zeus Labrayndeus). In the context of the mythical Attic king Theseus, the labyrinth of Greek mythology is frequently associated with the Minoan palace of Knossos. This is based on the unlikely reading of Linear B da-pu2-ri-to-jo-po-ti-ni-ja as λαβυρίνθοιο πότνια ("mistress of the labyrinth").Even if that is the correct reading, there is no evidence to suggest that this referred to Knossos itself, as is often asserted. It could equally be a smaller sanctuary, or else an entirely separate location. Ignoring all the difficulties in assuming that labyrinth can be interpreted as "place of the double axes" there is moreover no reason to think this should be Knossos; many more have been found, for example, at the Arkalachori Cave, where the famous Arkalochori Axe was found. Ultimately, only a fragile chain of conjecture can link Theseus to the word labrys. On Greek coins of the classical period (e. g. Pixodauros) a type of Zeus venerated at Labraunda in Caria that numismatists call Zeus Labrandeus (Ζεὺς Λαβρανδεύς) stands with a tall lotus-tipped sceptre upright in his left hand and the double-headed axe over his right shoulder. In Roman Crete, the labrys was often associated with the mythological Amazons. It is sometimes used as a symbol of Hellenic Polytheism. As a symbol of the neopagan Goddess movement, the labrys represents the memory of pre-patriarchal matristic societies. In feminist interpretations, the labrys is a symbol of matriarchy. Since the 1970s, it has been used by the lesbian community as a lesbian feminist symbol to represent women's strength and self-sufficiency. In feminist interpretations, the labrys is a symbol of matriarchy. Since the 1970s, it has been used by the lesbian community as a lesbian feminist symbol to represent women's strength and self-sufficiency. In Kyrgyzstan, "Labrys" is an LGBT rights organization. The group's goal is to improve the quality of life for all LGBT individuals in their country as well as Central Asia. It is used by Cretan folklore preservation societies and associations both in Greece and abroad, on occasion with the modern Greek spelling "lavrys". In Greece, the labrys was employed as a symbol of Metaxism. During the totalitarian period of the 4th of August Regime (1936–1941), it represented the regime-sponsored National Organization of Youth (EON), as its leader, Ioannis Metaxas, believed it to be the first symbol of all Hellenic civilizations. In the 1960s the labrys was also used by the Italian neo-fascist and far-right movement Ordine Nuovo, most prominently on their flag. Condition: New without tags, Condition: Brand new in a USA-made gift box., Theme: Female Power, Style: Vintage, Brand: Ann Claridge, Metal: Mixed Metals, Finish: Antique, Casting Type: Double sided bas relief, Necklace Type: 1mm snake chain, Necklace Length: pick 16" - 36" long

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