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Valknot

Disclaimer: Nazi Germany glorified an idealized "Aryan/Norse" heritage, consequently extremists have appropriated many symbols from pre-Christian Europe for their own uses. They give such symbols a racist significance, even though the symbols did not originally have such meaning and are often used by nonracists today, especially practitioners of modern pagan religions religions

Symbol type: Neo-Nazi Symbol; General Racist Symbol
Symbol Description: Three interlocking triangles
Also Known As: Valknut, valknutr, Hrungnir's Heart
Traditional Use/Origins: The Valknot, or "knot of the slain," often represented the afterlife in old Norse carvings and designs. It is often considered a symbol of Odin.
Hate Group/Extremist Organization: Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads
Background/History: Some white supremacists, generally racist Odinists, have appropriated the Valknot to use as a racist symbol. Typically they use it as a sign to indicate a willingness to give their life to Odin, generally in battle. Nonracist pagans may also use this symbol, so it should be carefully examined in context.