AMAZIGH

We are the free people.

And we got symbols!

This project is based on a study made around the Amazigh people, a nomadic group found in northern Africa. The main focus lies on the symbolism they have been using for many years. This culture is fading generally, so this website is here to remind people of the history of the Amazigh.

The symbols were mainly used for protection and determining one's identity. I managed to collect a few of the symbols to create a software based on them.

People from all over the world can enter this website and choose the symbols that correspond to their identities, then they can design their own patterns with them to achieve a personal design.

For more information over the history click here to view the publication about the Amazigh people.

BEE

Symbol that represents labour. It also expresses the abondance and good luck in the family.

ANCHOR

Symbol of solidity , permanence and fidelity . it also expresses the interior balance and lucidity (as opposed to moving waters and disorders).

RAM

Symbol that represents life in its outporing generosity.

OLIVER

Symbol of strength, the name comes from the term "azemmur" and "tamzart", which mean strenghttheir name, azemmur to tamzart 'force',but a tanquile strength and beneficent for the people. Oil represents the vital substance.

WHEAT

A pradoxal symbol meaning life and death. Life when the grain grows into a plant and death when the grain gets buried into the soil.

CARD

The meaning of this symbol has not been found during the research made, so it is open to interpretation.

LION'S PAW

A symbol of strength. The claws are also a symbol of protection.

EYE

Symbol for protection against the evil eye. The cross in the middle deflects evil in four directions.

SPIDER

Symbol associated with fertility and magical rites.

FLOWER

Symbol representing Ouarida, a kind of flower. The dimond shape is a symbol of protection against the evil eye.

AMULET

Positive motive which carries baraka (blessings from god).

GRAINS

Symbol thatrepresents the masculine fertility fluid. This symbol represents life and fertility.

SALAMANDER

Animal associated with the water in which it lives, and the moon where he marries the pose. It circulates through the symbols of these elements : profoundity , regeneration, transformation , growth, etc.

BULL

Symbol that representsthe blind and irresistible force. It is a male principle whose seed fertilized the world. But also a cosmic element which concentrates the creative and spiritual forces. .

SPIDER

Amnivalent symbol for evil and death, as well as courage and endurance. Its image or its body, enclosed in an amulet protects against evil eye.

AXE

Sharp instrument that symbolizes anger and destruction but because it also attacks the forces of evil, it plays a positive role. Associated to lightning and rain, it also symbolizes fertility.

CHESSBOARD

Symbolassociated with dizzy spells and celestial experiences, perhaps symbolic of religious trances.

BARELY

Fertility symbol.

PARTRIDGE EYES

A symbol for beauty and women in general.

SNAIL

Positive symbol associated with the rain and the moon It represents fertility , the cycle of crops and permanence

STAR

SPIDER

Feminin symbol that represents the laborious life, patience and harmony.

BIRD

Symbol of the sky-earth relationship. It represents the lightness . keen intelligence , even the breath of the soul that descends into the matter and life.

SPIDER

Feminin symbol that represents the laborious life, patience and harmony.

FROG

Symbol associated with fertility and magical rites.

TREE

Associated with the easy life, happiness and fertility . It appears as the world axis , around which the people, things and minds gravitate. it also symbolizes life( roots) and knowledge( the leaves)

FLY

Amnivalent symbol for evil and death, as well as courage and endurance. Its image or its body, enclosed in an amulet protects against evil eye.

SCISSORS

A symbol of metalworkers, whose occupation is treated with fearful respect as metal keeps away jnoun (ghosts).

SICKLE

A symbol of metalworkers, whose occupation is treated with fearful respect as metal keeps away jnoun (ghosts).

SAW

A symbol of metalworkers, whose occupation is treated with fearful respect as metal keeps away jnoun (ghosts).

HIRONDELLE

Harbinger of spring. symbolizes the cyclical return to femininity and fertility.

NOSE

Represents the Crow's beak which is worn strung around a child's neck for protection.

SCORPION

A paradoxal symbol meaning bad and death, but also courage and endurance.

SHIP

Associated with water and means strength, wisdom and blessing.

MOON

Associated with feminity and represents change, fertility and the perpetual cycle.

SUN

Life and power. It is a source of life, heat and light but could also be an evil force because it does drain the waters and can destroy the corps.

LIZARD

His name 'tazermemuyt' is a diminutive of the snake 'azrem', which represents a tamed form, peaceful and beneficial. This animal Protects the enviroment from bad influences.

LUNAR SNAKE

Symbol for the union of male and female, earth and the skies, the shadow and the shiny.

SUN

Life and power. It is a source of life, heat and light but could also be an evil force because it does drain the waters and can destroy the corps.

SINE NOMINE

The symbol embodies the unborn child in a mother's womb. the symbol inside the lozenge appears separately in some of the tapistry as well to symbolize a new born child.

LOZENGE

One of the main symbols representing womanhood and feminin fertility.

CRESCENT

Change and revival, openness, birth, death and resurection of the full moon.

COPULATIO

Symbol of mating.

YAZ

Symbol also found in the Amazigh alphabet representing the letter 'Z'. It is also found in the Amazigh flag and it means "the free people".

SPIDER’S BONES

The snake represents a holy person and also has many magical properties.

HAMMER

Instrument of brutal and primitive force , it for the blacksmith a way to reduce iron and give it form. It symbolizes the domination of power , natural forces and the creative power .

SEEDS

Symbol related to fertility.

BIRD

Symbol of the sky-earth relationship. It represents the lightness . keen intelligence , even the breath of the soul that descends into the matter and life.


 

 

 


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