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One of the standard symbols used as a pattern for tattoos is jormungandr – curled by a ring of snakes (sometimes a dragon), which bites itself by the tail. In modern mythology, the serpent symbolises wisdom, power and authority, sexuality, mystery and unpredictability. Often, images of these animals serve as a symbol of revival (physical and spiritual).
Uroboros is the oldest symbol
Uroboros is the oldest symbol used in different cultures, so it is not easy to establish its exact origin. Some of the first such images in the countries of the east – ancient China and India. For example, Hindu myths mentioned a deity such as Shesha – a serpent wrapped around a turtle, on which four elephants were holding the earth.
In Western culture, the first such images were dated 1600 BC and were found in ancient Egypt. From there, this symbol migrated to Ancient Phoenicia, where the deity turned into Janus, and later it became common among the Greeks, who gave it such a name (οὐρά – “tail” + βοοοος – “devouring”). In the Scandinavian countries, snake image was popular too. It was jormungandr – a sea serpent wrapping around the earth.
The Jormungandr tattoo’s meaning:
- Personification of eternity
- Infinity of the universe
- The cyclical nature of life
In addition, Jormungandr is a symbol of an ongoing struggle with itself – with its shortcomings and vices. Such an image on the body can indicate the desire to live without restrictions, without borders, and constant development and movement forward. In theology, this sign expresses the unlimited and impossibility of knowing the divine, and in philosophy, it is associated with the immeasurability of such concepts like space and time, express the infinity of nature and all its creations.
Jormungandr Tattoo Designs
Jormungandr images are one of the most popular options for tattoos. They are suitable for both men and women, regardless of age and status. It can be applied to various parts of the body (hands, legs, back, abdomen, chest, etc.).
Tattoos with Uroboros are usually made in dark tones. However, the pattern can be half-light as a symbol of yin-yang, which symbolizes two opposite starts. Sometimes the snake is depicted as an eight – a symbol of infinity.