Though angel tattoos have gained a certain level of popularity during recent years as a religious symbol of faith and dedication to God, few people actually realize that angels are derived from Norse mythology. They are descendants of the valkyries. Armor clad maidens who would roam the fields of battle and escort the fallen dead to the great hall of Valhalla. They were also the ones who decided the outcome of the battle, deciding which side was victorious and which side would fall in defeat. During the period of extensive travel known as the Viking Age Norsemen used their famed long ships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. Through their conquest they decimated their art, particularly the image of valkyries throughout the world. The symbols would eventually become incorporated in Christianity and became the basis of the modern angel. Angel tattoos therefore can have a dual meaning, either as pagan symbols or as Christian symbols. The weapon bearing female in this angel tattoo is a directly derivative of the Norse tradition of valkyries and symbolizes strength, valor and courage in the face of adversity.
Here we have a nice large angel tattoo. This is an artistic vision which mixes what appears to be some very large angel wings with one angel and two young children that the angel seems to be watching over. The guardian angel of course. And I certainly hope that we all have a guardian angel looking over us. We need the help.
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