What significance does this symbol have? (Vol.24)

Viral Harvest

Every Knee Bent Too Shall Break


I'm curious as to what sort of significance that inscription around the brand has, in a historical and spiritual sense. I have an incredible idea for a tattoo but I don't exactly want to go into it with complete ignorance and look like a poster boy for a lesser known religion or something. I'm just very interested in the meaning or ideology behind images like this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, haha.
 

Aazealh

そうはいかぬ
Staff member
It's inspired by old grimoires like the Key of Solomon, books on the occult that were themselves inspired by older Kabbalistic and Alchemical texts. I can't tell you exactly what each symbol means, and honestly I doubt anyone could unless they were a specialist of these texts. However Miura based himself on a protective talisman to create this one, so whatever meaning there is to it is unlikely to be negative.

That being said, I don't think it'll work well as a tattoo given how small the characters are.
 

Lithrael

Remember, always hold your apple tight
Hahahha cool, it's a hammer and a mortar-shlooping thing! XD
The bottom center looks ankh-ey of course, you've got a star of david, an islamic lookin moon, and I think the circle with the dot in is an egyptian sun sign. Some of the other characters look a little hebrew-ey. Anyone else regonize any other components?
 

Viral Harvest

Every Knee Bent Too Shall Break
Thanks for all the information so far! Conveniently enough, I work in a book store so I can research this more based on what you guys have told me. Much appreciated! As far as the tattoo goes, I was going to enlarge it and have it placed on the back of my arm just above my elbow, brand included. Definitely would not mind having a Berserk-inspired piece on my skin for sure.
 

Lithrael

Remember, always hold your apple tight
Possibly, but to me it looks more like a combination of an ankh and the crescent-moon crown that Thoth & a few other Egyptian pantheon types sometimes wore.
 
In the site

http://homepage2.nifty.com/side_b/world_magic.html

there is a reference to a book by David Conway and I believe that Miura could use that book as guide for the magic in Berserk.

In japanese the book is http://www.chuoart.co.jp/book/b8943.html, but I don't know the english version.
 

Aazealh

そうはいかぬ
Staff member
The book is Magic: An Occult Primer. However like I said the actual source for the symbols composing the talisman is old grimoires, like the Key of Solomon, Le Petit Albert and so on. Conway's book is a sort of beginner's guide to magic.
 
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