Romuva (Austras Koks)

This is the emblem of the Romuva religion, a revival of the indigenous Pagan religion of Lithuania. The symbol of Romuva is a stylized oak tree, representing the axis mundi, or “world tree,” known in local mythology as Austras Koks, ” tree of dawn,” i.e., a tree of life.

The three tiers represent the three worlds: the world of the living, or present-day, the world of the dead, or passed time, and the world to come, the future.

The flame represents the ritual offering fire central to Romuva religious practice.

The runic inscription here reads, “Romuve,” or sanctuary, the root from which the the word Romuva isderived.

Related Symbols:
Star of AuseklasYggdrasil
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Derek Thornton June 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

How are you sure that the inscription reads ROMOWE and not Romuve?

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Devin J. Saur. March 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

ROMOWEI is what that inscription reads. Written in the Elder Futhark, the language of the Elders.

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luke shad July 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

how do you know this, and would be able to help me translate some present day english into elder language? i want to get a tattoo but dont know how to translate

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