Harmony and unity of male and female principles (front)

Harmony and unity of male and female principles (front)

Once translated to a contemporary language, this design means “Unity and Harmony of Male and Female Powers of Nature, Soul, Body, and Family”. Red pictographs (crisscross patterns similar to tic-tac-toe boards) represent sacrifice of bread (burning it in sacred fire) to thee main male spirits: Sun, Fire, and Thunderstorm. White figures between the pictographs symbolize the Mothers of the World. Their heads are crowned with horns. According to ancient beliefs, Mothers have another appearance (beautiful “vazhenki,” or female elk).

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