Written by Joe, July 27th, 2013. Flower Tattoos Designs, Thistle Tattoo Designs and Meanings
Thistle Tattoo Designs As the Irish have in clover a powerful symbol of cultural and national identity, so does inhabitants of the land of Scotland and the thistle. The thistle is a very hardy plant, able to grow in places that challenge other weaker plants, it also protects with a dense cover spiky thorns and leaves. In the flowering season looks a pretty purple flower, a color associated since antiquity with families of European royalty and nobility. In most places the thistle may be considered a nuisance, and almost a “weed”, but in times of famine the poor Scottish thistles boiled ate to survive. The Scottish Highlands were as hard as the thorny plant. The “Milk Thistle” was a plant prized for its medicinal and healing properties, and is cultivated in Europe for use in the treatment of liver and stomach ailments. He even used in salads, after removing their spikes and thorns.
The legend tells us that thistle thorns helped save Scotland from the invasion of the Vikings in the tenth century On a dark moonless night in the year 980, a group of heavily armed warriors Danes landed in Scotland, crossed the fields of Scots silent and barefoot, in order to surprise them while they slept, as they approached slipped falling on a dense group of thistles. The agonizing screams of pain quickly woke the Scots, who won the battle with ease, aided no doubt by the wounds caused by thorns in the feet of the Danish Vikings.
The symbol of the thistle, with its stalk topped by barbed full majestic purple flower, was widely used in coats of arms of many of the noble houses of the Scottish Highlands and their clans. The first kings of Scotland used it as his personal symbol. Today it is used by many Scottish associations, rugby clubs, team’s football and other sports organizations also look at Thistle in their logos, identified as a symbol of Scottish pride and toughness of its people.
In 1687 King James II created the only Scottish order of chivalry, the “Order of the Thistle”. This is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in the world that still exists today.
For more than 1000 years, the thistle has been a distinctive symbol of Scotland and its people, appearing often accompanied the motto: “Nemo me impune lacessit / Wha daur meddle wi”, something like “Who dares to mess with me “.
As a tattoo design, the Thistle Tattoo Designs are distinctive emblem of the Scottish people, also represents the pride of being one of the forty million descendants of the Scots who migrated and settled around the world. If you ever have the chance to go to the “Highland Games” a traditional Scottish sports competition, you can see for yourself that the thistle emblem is as popular as it is the traditional “kilts” (kilt), or the “sporran” (traditional leather bag). The thistle is a symbol of pride, determination, tenacity and toughness, and a reminder of overcoming hardships and obstacles of the past.
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