Celtic tattoos are steeped in great tradition, history and symbolism. And it includes celtic crosses, symbols and sleeves. But, no form of celtic tattoo is more popular than the celtic knot. Celtic tattoos which include the knot are primarily a genre of complex interwoven lines representing knots, mazes, spirals and other figures. Celtic animal figures are zoomorphic or stylized renderings of animals that were used for carvings, in jewelry and wood, stonework and manuscript illustrations. A perfect example of the celtic knot that is used in celtic tattoos can be seen on the cover of the book of Kells. It is an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Irish Monks around 800 A.D. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive from that period. The complexity of celtic tattoo design is thought to mimic or echo the complexity of nature, the use of Celtic knots in spirals and mazes, the intricate interweaving showing no beginning and no end, reflective of the cycles of the seasons and of life. There are strong Norse design influences in celtic knot work, as there is with all celtic tattoo designs and there is some debate as to the exact origin. Clearly there were exchanges between cultures through both trade and conquest.
There are a wide variety of celtic tattoos out there and they have many different symbols that apparently relate to celtic heritage one way or the other. This celtic tattoo is almost a copy of the far eastern ying and yang symbol except that it has three branches reaching out from it’s center rather than two yet they each related to the other two in a slightly different style of what goes around comes around.
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