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Tomoe

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Circular figure composed of three flames (magatama)The ancient Buddhist and Shinto symbol used in the family emblems and in the decoration of the drums of Raijingod of thunder.

The name tomoe means revolving or circular and refers to the movements of the earth. It is related to the symbol of yin yiang and has a similar meaning, representing the play of the forces of the universe.

The representation of tomoe The most common is composed of three intertwined flames, but it can also be represented as one, two or four flames.

This symbol reflects the Shinto trinity: heaven, earth and humanity. It is also associated with the Shinto god of war, Hachiman.

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