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Abiranariba

The abiranariba serpent enclosing the eye of Aughra

Skeksis sigil

The Skeksis' sigil of power

The abiranariba was a circular symbol illustrated as a serpent devouring its own tail, representing eternal cyclic renewal. The word was a palindrome of Aughrian origin, and roughly meant "first and last" or "in my end is my beginning".[1] It was typically shown on astrological charts enclosing a symbol of the Great Conjunction, shielding its constancy from the mutability of the heavens.[2]

After the Great Division, the Skeksis adopted a modified form of the abiranariba as their imperial sigil, represented as a spiraling serpent devouring the world rather than its own tail. The symbol was a recurring theme in the Garthic aesthetic, appearing on the Scepter of Office and skekZok's robes and headpiece.[3]

After his banishment, skekGra became the only Skeksis to adopt the original, unbroken form on his scepter.[4] The broken abiranariba was also incorporated on some of the urRu's Prayer Sticks, but with the points constrained as a precaution.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

According to Brian Froud, the symbol atop the Scepter of Office, thus the abiranariba in general, was based on a broken ouroboros, symbolizing the Skeksis' fractured view of the world.[6][7]

References[]

  1. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. p. 19. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  2. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. pp. 22-23 & 32-33. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  3. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. pp. 29 & 110. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  4. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Time to Make...My Move". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  5. Froud, B., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. p. 78. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  6. Audio commentary: The Dark Crystal. Narrator: Brian Froud. Directors: Jim Henson and Frank Oz. 1982. Blu-ray. Universal, 2007.
  7. C. Gaines, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, Titan Books, 2017, p. 123, ISBN 1-78565-592-2.
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