Borromean Rings Meaning?

What is the meaning of the Borromean Rings? I'm considering a tattoo and I like the design of the Borromean Rings, the three rings that together make a symbol.
I know there's a meaning behind them and before I take a decision I'd like to be informed about it.
If it has a religious meaning I probably won't do it.

asked by Cluster in Philosophy | 4535 views | 12-16-2009 at 07:40 PM

Meaning of the Borromean Rings:

The three rings taken together are inseparable, but remove any one ring and the other two fall apart. Because of this property, they have been used in many fields as a symbol of strength in unity. That's basically the meaning.

The name "Borromean rings" comes from their use in the coat of arms of the aristocratic Borromeo family in Italy. The link itself is much older and has appeared in Gandharva (Afghan) Buddhist art from around the second century C.E., and in the form of the valknut on Norse image stones dating back to the 7th century.

I say go ahead, the Borromean Rings symbol looks cool.

answered by Zarah | 12-16-2009 at 07:44 PM

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