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#16    Scheming B

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:39 PM

Their own rampant paranoia?

Since its an abandoned house I'd guess most likely a vagrant, maybe one who stayed a few nights there, possibility of metnal illness: high, possibility of beleif in supernatural: high, most likely?  Paranoid hobo, or teenager graffeetting

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 04:08 AM

I have not found a match for your petroglyph, but I'm pretty certain I can make some educated guesses.
  • I'm betting the glyph was drawn rather than spray painted.
  • From the description of the area, I would ask the local Aborigines for help in identifying the petroglyph.
I believe you are right that the dot in the lower right corner has some meaning.

The serpent or snake, and the tree of life are common in Native American glyphs from the southwest; but I highly doubt that this would appear with the same meaning in Australia.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 09:23 AM

How old is this abandoned house in Australia?

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 12:18 PM

View PostRandomPerson, on 07 October 2013 - 08:14 PM, said:

Thanks lightly.

I've seen that one before. It is very similar, but it lacks the dot in the lower right corner. Might be that the symbol I've seen is a variation of the Rod of Ascleipus, but I haven't found one with the aforementioned dot. That is why I am slightly sceptical to that interpretation.

    Right.     Sometimes a dot can represent God...   as Bast said, maybe it could be a protective symbol?  I'm just guessing,  I'm also guessing that the rod of Asclepius symbol is based on much older symbology ?

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:11 PM

View Postlightly, on 08 October 2013 - 12:18 PM, said:

  I'm also guessing that the rod of Asclepius symbol is based on much older symbology ?

The Caduceus is sometimes mistaken for the rod of Asciepius as  a symbol of medicine. The Caduceus has two snakes instead of one :-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caduceus


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

View PostKahn, on 08 October 2013 - 04:08 AM, said:

I have not found a match for your petroglyph, but I'm pretty certain I can make some educated guesses.
What makes you think it's a petroglyph?  Isn't petroglyph the name used for writing that's carved directly into rock?

No point in assigning sciency sounding terms for something that we only have an MS Paint drawing of which was found in an abandoned house and which for all we know could be the drunken scrawlings of a teenager.

Edited by JesseCuster, 08 October 2013 - 01:22 PM.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:23 PM

Take the simplest explanation first guys and gals.  If the symbol appeared in Australia, look to the local culture for meaning first, not what European or American cultures place upon similar symbols.  That was precisely why I did not try to apply Native American meaning to the glyph.

Assuming the house is in the middle of nowhere, it would not be unheard of for the locals to find and enter the place, maybe stay long enough to draw something.

Were there any other markings in the same or nearby rooms?  Context could hold the key to identification.

Edited by Kahn, 08 October 2013 - 01:23 PM.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:34 PM

View PostJesseCuster, on 08 October 2013 - 01:21 PM, said:

What makes you think it's a petroglyph?  Isn't petroglyph the name used for writing that's carved directly into rock?

No point in assigning sciency sounding terms for something that we only have an MS Paint drawing of which was found in an abandoned house and which for all we know could be the drunken scrawlings of a teenager.
True, but you have to ask yourself, "Why that symbol?"  People only draw that with which they are familiar with (i.e. seen or have been taught).  You could argue that they "created" the shape, but again this devolves into combinations of shapes that are familiar to the artist.  You point out a perfect example in the guy that drew "pentagrams and made up occult looking stuff" in buildings.  He drew symbols that would invoke a meaning in the viewer, not some random garbage that would not convey meaning.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:07 AM

Yeah, but Australia has a somewhat large population of European origin....

Also, though I haven't been able to find it yet, it reminds me of some symbols I've seen in the Western magical tradition.  It has a definite Hermetic/Alchemical/Ceremonial vibe.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:41 AM

Its a Gang Sign I think.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:43 AM

In the middle of nowhere?......i guess maybe if they cook meth or crack there occasionally.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:49 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 09 October 2013 - 06:43 AM, said:

In the middle of nowhere?......i guess maybe if they cook meth or crack there occasionally.

Its a Gang Sign mate....


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:53 AM

huh, are there images of the tag being used elsewhere?

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:58 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 09 October 2013 - 06:53 AM, said:

huh, are there images of the tag being used elsewhere?
Nah...I joined on my mobile and forgot my password...if I could wink I would...

Edited by TopToffee, 09 October 2013 - 07:02 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:04 AM

do you know what gang its affiliated with?

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