Slavic 'Axe of Perun - God of Thunder' Tattoo

Today a man completed this half sleeve melding several cultures' symbols for the Thunder God. The top is an Icelandic/Nordic vegvisir, a warrior's compass. The shape usually known as Thor's hammer here encloses a shield symbol of Perun, the Slavic thunder god,  integrated with a surrounding custom weave of Celtic knot work.

Slavic 'Axe of Perun - God of Thunder' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Slavic 'Axe of Perun - God of Thunder' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Of all historic records describing Slavic gods, those mentioning Perun are the most numerous. As early as the 6th century, he was mentioned . . . 20th century research has established beyond doubt that the god of thunder and lightning in Slavic mythology is Perun. To this day the word perun in a number of Slavic languages means "thunder," or "lightning bolt".

The symbol in the axe head is an example of "Gromoviti znaci or thunder marks . . . these are ancient symbols of Perun, which are often engraved upon roof beams or over entries of village houses, to protect them from lightning bolts."

- Wikipedia