Let us consider the segment of a text with Scythian/Sarmatian signs inscribed on the marble sculpture No 1 of the lion from the ancient town Olbia (Ukraine) (Drachuk 1975: table XLV), see figure 1.
I read the Scythian/Sarmatian signs 12 26-26 so ru-ru, cf. Scythian/Sarmatian so 'the sun; shine; heat; light; eye; bright', ru-ru 'to make a lot of noise; the terrific noise' (the symbolism of the sun and thunderstorm, life-giving liquid, reproduction, and growth), cf. Old Indian ru 'noise; to make any noise; to cry aloud; to break to pieces; cutting; dividing', ruh 'to grow'.
Now let us consider a wooden box for spoons of the end of 19th century (Republic of Dagestan, Russia) (Molotova 1981: the section The Art of Peoples of the North Caucasus, illustration 25). A wooden ornament is attached to the box. This symbol can be compared with the Scythian/Sarmatian signs 12 26-26 which are inverted in this case. Furthermore, I distinguish three figurines of heads of horses which are attached to the box. So here the images of the Scythian/Sarmatian heavenly horses associated with the sun, fire and thunderstorm are shown.
I found the following parallel in the Dagestani mythology: Ass is the deity of thunder and lightning. In the Russian mythology the character Finist Yasny Sokol 'Finist - the Clear/Bright Falcon' is presented. The words ass and yasny come from Scythian/Sarmatian a-so 'from the sun; clear; bright'.
Drachuk, V.S., 1975. Sistemy znakov Severnogo Prichernomor'ya (Tamgoobraznye znaki severopontiyskoy periferii antichnogo mira pervych vekov nashey ery). Kiev.
Molotova, L.N., 1981. Narodnoe iskusstvo Rossiyskoy Federatsii iz sobraniya Gosudarstvennogo muzeya etnografii narodov SSSR. Leningrad.
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Published 1 August 2005.
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