Indus seal and double-Axe

sky mapSign of double Axe

(Adapted after the seal picture shown in web site of Steve Farmer)
Sign of double Axe
This seal is a kind of sky map and shows the position of various star constellations. Steve Farmer has critically analysed this seal and concludes that various symbols shown in this seal does not really depict any kind of script but only some kind of pictograms. His logical analysis is correct because most likely these symbols are describing the position of various star constellations and indicates a specific period of time in a calendar year. Bengt Hemtun describes that the double axe symbol indicates two crescent moons, the upper one depicting growing season and lower one depicting time for visiting under world (some kind of religious ceremony of ancient Sumeria) associated with sowing season. The double axe symbol shown in this seal looks more like a stylished tree symbol. Heavenly tree is the symbol of Inanna (Mother Goddess) and is the same tree God shown in Goat seal. It is most likely that the double axe indicates the month of Inanna (mother Goddess) and the festival of Inanna which might have fallen on the full moon day in Auriga constellation. This also might have been the beginning of rainy season and sowing season of Sumerians as well as Indus people.

    The seal of double axe shows the arrival of new group of people in Indus valley. This sky map shows new constellations of northern hemisphere like Andromeda, Camelopardalis, Bootes and others.  In this picture the arrow of warrior is indicating the direction and location of pole star also. This importance given to pole star shows that the people who made this seal are from sea faring people and are definitely a class of their own in any society. Otherwise the people who used this seal might have arrived from Central Asia, because for them also the steppe lands are like a sea of grass or desert without any kind of identification for navigation. The problems are the same in sea as well as desert, no drinking water and no direction. Hence both these groups give lot of importance to pole star. The presence of this seal among Indus artefacts further substantiates the theory that the Indus sites were burial sites and were used by different kind of people over a long period of time.

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