The Amazigh Berber culture SYMBOLS meaning

Berber Symbols

Fig.1: Bee, Symbol that representslabour. It also expresses the abondance and good luck in the family.

Fig. 2: Anchor, Symbol of solidity, permanence and fidelity. it also expresses the interior balance and lucidity ( as opposed to movibng waters and disoders).

Fig. 4: Oliver, Symbol of strenght, the name comes from the term " azemmur" and "tazmart", which mean strenghttheir name, azemmur to tamzart ' Force ', but a tanquile strength and beneficent for the people. Oil represents the vital substance.

Fig. 5: Wheat, A paradoxal symbol meaning life and death. Life when the grain grows into a plant and death when the grain gets buried into the soil.

Fig. 6: Card, The meaning of this symbol has not been found during the research made, so it is open to interpretation.

Fig. 7: The lion's paw, A symbol of strengh. The claws are also a symbol of protection.

Fig. 8: Snail, Positive symbol associated with the rain and the moon. It represents fertility, the cycle of crops and permanence.

Fig. 9: Seeds, Symbol related to fertility.

Fig. 10: Amulet, Meaning is open to interpretation.

Fig. 11: Bird, Positive motive which carries baraka ( blessing from god )

Fig. 12 : Flowers, Symbol representing Ouarida, a kind of flower. The dimond shape is a symbol of protection against the evil eye.

Fig. 13 : Eye, Symbol for protection against the evil eye. The cross in the middle deflects evil in four directions.

Fig. 14 : Grains, Symbol that represents the masculine fertility fluid. This symbol represents life and fertility.

Fig. 15 : Salamander, Animal associated with water in which it lives, it circulates through the symbols of these elements profoundity, regeneration, transformation, growth, etc.

Fig. 16 : Bull, Symbol that represents the blind and irresisitble force. it is a male principle whose seed fertilizedthe world. But also a cosmic element which concentrates the creative and spiritual forces.

Fig. 17 : Fly, Amnivalent symbol for evil and death, as well as courage and endurance. Its image or its body, enclosed in an amulet protects against evil eye.

Fig. 18 : Axe, Sharp instrument that symbolizes anger and destruction but because it also attacks the forces of evil, it plays a positive role. Associated to lightning and rain, it also symbolizes fertility.

Fig. 19 : Chessboard, Symbolassociated with dizzy spells and celestial experiences, perhaps symbolic of religious trances.

Fig. 20 : Barely, Fertility symbol.

Fig. 21 : yaz, Symbol also found in the Amazigh alphabet representing the letter Z. it is also found in the Amazigh flag and it means " the free people "

Flag. 22 : Hammer, Instrument o brutal and primitive force, it is in the hand of the blacksmith a way to reduce iron and give it forme. It symbolizes the creative power.

Fig. 23 : Copulatio, Symbol of mating.

Fig. 24 : Sine nomine, The symbol embodies the unborn child in a mother's womb. the symbol inside the lozenge appears separately in some of the tapisry as well to symbolize a new born child.

Fig. 25 : Partridge eyes, A symbol for beauty and women in general.

Fig. 26 : Star, Meaning is open to interpretation.

Fig. 27 : Finger, A protective symbol.

Fig. 28 : bird, Symbol of the sky-earth-realtionship. It erepresents the lighteness. Keenintelegence, even the breath of the soul that descends into the matter and life.

Fig. 29 : Spider, Symbol associated with fertility and magical rites.

Fig. 30 : Spider, Feminin symbol that represents the labiours life, patience and harmony.

Fig. 31 : Frog, Symbol associated with fertility and magical rites.

Fig. 32 : Tree, Associated with the easy life, hapinness and fertility, It appears as the world axis, around which the people, things and minds gravitate. it also symbolizes life (roots) and knowledge ( the leaves ).

Fig. 33 : Fly, Amnivalent symbol for evil and death, as well as courage and endurance. its image or its body, enclosed in an amulet protects against evil eye.

Fig. 34 : Scissors, A symbol of metalworkers, whose occupation is treated with feartul respect as metal keeps away jnoun ( ghosts ).

Fig. 35 : Sickle, A symbol of metalworkers whose occupation is treated with fearful respects as metal keeps away jnoun ( ghosts ) 

Fig. 36 : Saw, A symbol of metalworkers, whose ccupation is treated with fearful respects as metal keeps away jnoun ( ghosts ) 

Fig. 37 : Hirondelle, Harbinger of spring. symbolizes the cyclical return to femininity and fertility.

Fig. 38 : Nose, Represents the Crow's beak which is worn strung around a child's neck for protection.

Fig. 39 : Snacke, The snake represents a holy person and also has many magical and medicinal properties.

Fig. 40 : Scorpion, A paradoxal symbol meaning bad and death, but also courage and endurance.

Fig. 41 : Ship, Associated with water and means strength, wisdom and blessing.

Fig. 42 : Moon, Associated with feminity and represents change, fertility and the perpetual cycle.

Fig. 43 : Sun, Life and power. It is a source of life, heat and light but could also be an evil force because it does drain the waters and can destroy the corps.

Fig. 44 : Crescent, Change and revival, openness, birth, death and resurection of the full moon.

Fig. 45 : Lozenge, One of the main symbols representing womanhood and feminin fertility.

Fig. 46 : Lunar snake, Symbol for the union of male and female, earth and the skies, the shadow and the shiny.

Fig. 47 : Lizard, His name "Tazermemuyt" is a diminutive of the snake 'azern', which represents a tamed form, peaceful and beneficial. This animal protects the enviroment from bad infuences.

Fig. 48 : Sun, Life and power, It is a source of life, heat light but could also be an evil force because it does drain the waters and can destroy the corps.