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Legendary weapons, from Norse mythology to Islam

Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by Caladan, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist Staff Member Premium Member

    We have all heard the story of Excalibur of the Arthurian tales.
    Legendary weapons have been part of universal folklore and tradition for thousands of years.
    some of these weapons had an iconic role among folk and religion like in the case of the Nordic folk, and Islam.

    In Norse mythology, Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, was considered at times to wage the power of a natural-disaster.
    In the Prose Edda it is descibed in these words:


    In Islamic tradition, Ali was given the sword, Zulfiqar, "Spinecleaver", at the battle of Uhud. after Ali's performance in the battle, Muhammad has said:

    "There is no hero but ‘Alī and no sword except Dhū l-Fiqār"

    some of these legendary weapons have taken hold on the consciousness of different peoples, for example, an Iranian main battle tank, is named after the sword of Ali, Zulfiqar.
    In the 11th century, following a vision, the crusaders dug up a lance at St Peter's Cathedral in Antioch, the event was seen as a miracle, and following this find, the crusaders were able to repel a siege by the Muslim forces, and to fully capture Antioch.
    during the 70s, books were published, which carried conspiracy theories about the Spear of Longinus, the spear used by the Roman soldier to pierce Christ's side at the Crucifixion, these modern legends said that the spear was held by the Nazis under the mandate of Adolf Hitler, and was hidden with other artefacts after the war.

    The Holy Lance in the Schatzkammer of Vienna

    Obviously, around the world, legendary weapons have been engraved in the consicousness of different cultures, and at times of many cultures.
    I thought we can dedicate a thread to bringing up more legendary weapons, and discuss the importance of these iconic weapons in tradition, folklore, and the study of Mythology.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  2. doppelganger

    doppelganger Through the Looking Glass

  3. Azakel

    Azakel Liebe ist für alle da

    See now I know I've been playing Fallout 3 to much because when I say the word Fat Man I though this at first: Fat Man - Fallout Wiki - The Vault

    To add to the thread: Kusanagi: Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (草薙の剣 ?) is a legendary Japanese sword as important to Japan's history as Excalibur is to Britain's, and is one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan. It was originally called Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven") but its name was later changed to the more popular Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi ("Grass Cutting Sword").
    Kusanagi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  5. Don Penguinoini

    Don Penguinoini Modi.

    Hindu Atheist
    Sudarshana Chakra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sudarshana Chakra (Sanskrit: सुदर्शन चक्रम्) is a spinning disc like weapon with very sharp edge, which serves as an attribute of the Hindu God Vishnu. Lord Vishnu, also called Narayana, is portrayed with four hands, holding a Shankha (a conch shell), the Sudarshana, a Gada (mace) and a Padma (lotus).
    Lord Vishnu is depicted holding the chakra from a central hole, with his index finger. The disc spins around his finger. According to the Puranas, he would release it and it would do the required deed and return to his finger. It is revered as a divine weapon. In another version, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Devi jointly have the capability of operating the chakra.

    The chakra comprises 10 million spikes in two rows. One row of spikes moving in the opposite direction to give it a serrated edge. According to legend, it protects any devotee of God who calls out for Him.

    Don't mess with it :D
  6. Zephyr

    Zephyr Moved on

    Death-frisbee. Awesome.
  7. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist Staff Member Premium Member

    This weapon lives on in modern culture :D see Xena!
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