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Updated: Mar 24, 2021

By many considered a satanic symbol, far from it we can consider it. Let's start this incredible journey about the symbol that is so controversial, and that made the Face Book include an emoticon in its emotion symbols.

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Statue of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the patron saint of Sikkim

In Hinduism, a gesture is also found and known as Apana Mudra, a "yogic" gesture that believes in rejuvenating the body. In the forms of classical Indian dance, it symbolizes the lion. In Buddhism, Karana Mudra is typically seen as an apotropaic gesture to cast out demons, instantly remove negative energy and ward off evil. It is commonly found in depictions of Gautama Buddha. It is also found on the statue of the Song Dynasty of Laozi, the founder of Taoism, on Mount Qingyuan, China.

The use of the sign can also be seen in Italy and other Mediterranean cultures where, when faced with unfortunate events, or simply when those events are mentioned, the sign of the horns can be given to ward off more bad luck. It is also traditionally used to contain or ward off the "evil eye" (malocchio in Italian). Specifically in Italy, the gesture is known as corna ("horns"). With the fingers pointing downwards, it is a common Mediterranean apostrophic gesture, by which people seek protection in situations of chance (it is, therefore, a more Mediterranean equivalent of hitting wood).

Artista on the North of Italy, Satire with a coppa and a tirso, fine of the 15th Century

In many Mediterranean and Latin countries, such as Brazil, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, when directed towards someone and swivelled back and forth, the sign implies cuckoldry; the common words for cuckolded in Italian, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese: are "cornuto", κερατάς (keratas) and "cornudo", for Castellano (Spanish) and Portuguese respectively, literally meaning "horned." During a European Union meeting in February 2002, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was photographed performing this gesture behind the back of Josep Piqué, the Spanish foreign minister.

Ronnie James Dio - The Father of Heavy Metal Symbol

Ronnie James Dio was known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. He claimed his Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye (which is known in Italy as malocchio). Dio began using the sign soon after joining the metal band Black Sabbath in 1979. The previous singer in the band, Ozzy Osbourne, was rather well known for using the "peace" sign at concerts, raising the index and middle finger in the form of a V. Dio, in an attempt to connect with the fans, wanted to similarly use a hand gesture. However, not wanting to copy Osbourne, he chose to use the sign his grandmother always made. The horns became famous in metal concerts very soon after Black Sabbath's first tour with Dio. The sign would later be appropriated by heavy metal fans.

The symbol that is considered an identity card in the middle of the metal family community, has more religious and positive connotations than satanic, perverse and negative. It is obvious that the normal passer-by to see how the head banger or metal head greets himself before the traditional handshake or a kiss, to the girls or two kisses commonly in Portugal, that the "horn" causes an impact and a certain constraint in the population who does not know the value encrypted in the symbology, taking precepts and leading them to Satanism.

The fact that we all walk in black, with long hair and chains, those who live with Metalheads no longer see it that way, but rather as a symbol that identifies us. Being a religious symbol too, of course, I am not expecting to see Pope Francis making the symbol, to ward off Satans or take away a person's bad energies.

Few, or rarely, do we find heavy metal albums, the symbolism that characterizes us so much.

Over time, we let, Metal Heads, not being afraid of using a sticker on the car with the metal horns, like me, which will be the equivalent of a headbanger inside.

And as we continue to see more and more metal heads on the street every day, showing off like their black hair and black suits, or even without moving in these ways, the metal head finds in the symbol a unique family union. Even on television series like "The Big Bang Theory", the gesture that Haward and Rajesh make when interrupted by Bernadtte's appeal.

In the World of Warcraft game, one of the Chars is inspired by Ozzy Ozbourne, in which if we write / dance, the movement is characteristic of Metalheads and the music is an intense Metal riff.

Kunal Nayyar - Rajesh Koothrappali in "The Big Bang Theory"
Char from World Of Warcraft Undeath, Horde Faction

Over time, big companies like FB put the symbol of Heavy Metal in their emoticons, which I often use as, like or love in metal communities.

This symbol does not mean, therefore, Satanism, as many churches try to transmit, those same churches that have heavy metal bands playing in their sermonises, the so-called White Metal. But that will be for another chronicle until then a strong hug \ m /

Mário Granado - CEO & Chairman of MGMEIA

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