The Vainakh-Vedic Swastika

There are many similarities between the Vainakhs' beliefs and those described in the Rig-Veda, beginning with the similarity of the words Vainakh and Vedic.

The Vainakh sky-thunder-lightning god Sela is cognate with Vedic sky-thunder-lightning god Indra. His wife/daughter Sata is similar to Vena, the sky goddess associated with Shukra and the planet Venus. Like Shukra/Venus, her face is described as shining like the sun with beauty.

Sata was believed to come from the northwest Caucasus mountains (called Satanaya, cognate with the Hebrew "Satan" and the pole star). She helps the hero Pkharmat steal Sela's fire for the Earth's inhabitants by guiding him to hell on the peak of Mount Kazbek (perhaps a volcano).

Pkharmat is cognate with Greek fire-bringer Prometheus. He is thus a messenger figure and probable entheogenic deity. To the Greeks, a Pharmakon was a sorcerer, someone familiar with magic potions - potions that could enlighten and bestow immortality.

The symbol shown here was the Vainakhs' symbol for the sun, a stylized Vedic swastika. Read more here...