Labrys (double headed axe, pelekus)

The labrys is a double headed ritual axe. It is found in ancient Minoan depictions of the Mother Goddess, where its symbolism is related to the labrynth. The word “labrys” is Minoan in origin and is from the same root as the Latin labus, or lips.

Similar symbols appear on Norse, African, and Greek religious objects, where it is most often a feminine symbol, most likely lunar in origin.

Use of the labrys has been documented on medieval charms used to attract women.

Today, it is often used as a sign of identity and solidarity among lesbians.

Cretan Labrys

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