Originally Posted by Iain
Of course talismanic symbols from Europe can take on different meanings in various regions. However even degenerate forms like this one, they still retain the essential characteristics of the man in the moon mark. In this case the semi circles used to stamp the face, are merely the easiest way for the craftsman to achieve the desired pattern as he is not using a complete stamp. The three elements combine to create the distinctive nasal feature.
Salaams Iain ~ Thank you for your diagram illustrating the moon relating its so called facial character.
A lot of folks reading into arms of these regions will have no idea about the Talismanic or other marks on swords...but as you say (and I agree) "Of course talismanic symbols from Europe can take on different meanings in various regions".
If the moon is copied (onto African and Arabian Sword blades) Does the feature then take on another meaning altogether ? ... Is it then a man in the moon or something else? I suggest the latter... In which case it is not a man in the moon .. It becomes a Talismanic object reflecting a new moon
in the sense of the region in which it now resides...something very different to its original application and meaning.
In the same way the cross may well have changed to a star or even a dot..
and the cross becomes a sign of light (the candle) The dot an indicator of the centre of the Universe...
For a couple of examples of copied moons see http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...attara+comments
Ibrahiim al Balooshi.