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The great riddle of a seven-headed figure

An interesting petroglyph is circulating the internet. Unfortunately, the only info I could find about it is that it was discovered in the Khakassia region, Siberia and that it dates to 5,000 BC. What we see is astrological imagery, and I will try here to decode each of its symbols, one by one.

Khakassia petroglyph, 5000 BC

The world tree

The tree on the right represents the world tree or “Axis Mundi“. This is one the most common prehistorical symbols so I will not go deeper in explaining its meaning in order to save space for more interesting conclusions. See more on the highlighted links.

The seven heads

This is a much more interesting symbol, also present in many prehistorical cultures. My first association was the Hindu goddess Manasa who was depicted with seven cobras behind her head. (not that the symbolics of the world tree is missing either in the form of a pillar). Manasa was a fertility goddess, sometimes depicted with a child on her lap, just like Isis of the Egyptians, identified with the constellation Virgo.

However, the fact is that seven-headed serpents appear all over the Indo-European world. Sometimes they are male and sometimes female. In Sumerian mythology, for example, there is a seven-headed serpent known as Mušmaḫḫū, which probably became a model for the Lernean Hydra, slain in the second labour of Heracles.

In Hinduism, many deities are fighting with multiheaded serpents – Indra, Krishna, and even Bhishma in Mahabharata attacked by many snakes of the river. But that is not too surprising, as the shared cultural influence between Mongolia, India, Iran and Ancient Greece is not disputable.

Heracles slaying Hydra

The name Hydra is related to water. And so were virtually all of the mythological snakes that we have mentioned so far. In Indo-European mythology, snakes and dragons were guardians of the water. A hero needs to conquer them to release the water and bring back fertility to the earth.

However, even though these similarities could relate to a common Indo-European heritage, this claim does not apply to the connections with the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, at least not in the light of the current, mainstream history. Namely, there is a figure with seven serpent heads in ancient Mexico too. How to explain that one?

Snakehead figure deity, Aparicio, Veracruz, Mexico

The sun shield

Aztec goddess of fertility was Chicomecōātl – meaning seven snakes. She was a mother goddess who uses the sun as a shield. Note how her sun-shield looks precisely like the depiction of the sun on our petroglyph.

Chicomecōātl, an Aztec fertility goddess, with the sun shield and seven snakes

This prehistorical symbol had the same meaning in India, from the seals and beads of Indus valley civilisation to the tattoos of contemporary tribal women.

Seals and beads of the Indus valley civilization and contemporary tribal tattoo in India

The goddess

Our petroglyph represents the goddess. If you wonder how do I know that, the answer is simple – because of the presence of the other human figures underneath her legs and on the side, and also because of the characteristical “birth goddess” leg pose.

The same pose, in the same context of childbirth, existed all over the world. We see it from the Paleolithic to the middle ages, but I will illustrate it here with one example from Neolithic China. I chose this image because, even though she doesn’t have seven heads, her head is in the shape of the same sun symbol.

Jar, Majiayao culture, Machang phase, ca. 2300–2050 B.C., China

Chicomecōātl as the constellation Virgo

And now we can draw some really interesting conclusions.

There are striking parallels between Chicomecōātl and Virgo constellation: Chicomecōātl holds ears of corn in her hand and sits on the seven-headed serpent. Virgo has shafts of wheat, and it is located right next to Hydra. The Sun shield represents the Sun passing through these constellations.

The summer solstice was in Cancer (with the head of Hydra behind) from roughly around 2500-500BC.

Now, this is too much of a coincidence, isn’t it?

Back to the sun shield symbol

Now, even though this symbol probably relates to the sun, you may wonder why it looks like a cross with four dots. The answer to this question may lie in another famous episode from the Hindu mythology – Samudra Manthan – the churning of the ocean.

In short, this episode depicts the creation of the universe. The benevolent and malevolent deities were using a snake god Vasuki (brother of above mentioned Manasa), to rotate the mountain (Axis Mundi) and churn the milk (Milky way) to create the nectar of immortality.

Constellation Hydra, stretching for over 100 degrees on the sky, was the longest constellation known to ancients. It is therefore not surprising that precisely the snake moves the Axis Mundi.

Samudra Manthan

This event is commemorated in India in one of the most important festivals, known as Kumbh Mela. According to the legend, after churning was finished, the four drops of the nectar were spilt in four different places in India. Ever since that event, these four cities became pilgrimage sites for this religious festival. Each of the towns has its own date of celebration. These dates are not fixed. They depend on the positions of the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter (Indra).

But if you look at the position of the Sun, you will see that it has to be in signs of Aries, Leo, Capricorn, and Libra (one for each city). These four constellations depict the celestial cross on the Zodiac, and in antiquity, they used to mark the four seasons. I believe that it is for this reason that our sun-shield symbol has the cross and four dots.


I believe that the symbolic of this Siberian petroglyph is obvious, although I would date it to the second millennia BC instead of the fifth.

But there is still one important question: How did this belief system reach ancient Mesoamerica? There are plenty of other texts on this blog that present my view on how this contact may have happened. Feel free to check them out.

And finally, what is this mysterious looking text representing, and why does it look so much like the Brahmi or the Old Turkic alphabet? What does it say?

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  1. Note that there is no race known as Aryan mentioned in the scriptures from which this concept is taken. there is an estimated OVER 4 MILLION scriptures in india. The race of humans/men known known as Manavas, meaning those who descends from Manu, the first man.

  2. Manu Vaivasvata is regarded as a south Indian king. The sunken island of Kumari Kandam. Lot of stuff is being pulled out lately over there, underwater exploration. There is also a huge city below Ellora caves.

  3. hi! ı saw here too much clear raving.. at first there Hakasia, Siberia Turkestan.. than in Turkestan the people Turkish speaks and write normally.. it is not an petroglyph or another one, it is tamga (tamgha).. write it there “ORKAÇ”, not brahma alphabets..

  4. I feel and believe that sumer area—this russian– was sumeru mountain kshetr descrived in Indian pauranik descriptions , the abode of Lord brahma, the creator and other nearby places swarg, indralok, vishnu lok etc the first ancient most place of Human race, The lords fortress etc. From here man spread everywhere with its culture etc.

  5. very impressive, and thank you:

    Khakassia petroglyph, 5000 BC maybe belongs to okunevo culture or afanasievo culture. karakol?

    – The okunevo petroglyphs were found near swat valley and china.
    – okunevo people was intermediate between caucasoid and mongoloid like plain american Indian.
    – The neolithic chinese pottery is extremely similar to Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, where sun shield mark was found.
    – R1a-z93 series is connected from altai people to northern India
    – modern altai people still do wresting like the description in summer pottery

    why is those thing happened?

    I think late mesolithic connection among Hotu cave, kareila in Russia and lake baikal where the Proto-IE might be created.
    The same type of lake baikal pottery was found in kareila and hotu cave. Moreover Hg J was found in Hotu and kareila. R1a guy with east eurasian mt dna C was found in kareila. And hotu sample has the ancient northern eurasian (ANE) gene. R1a was found in neolithic lake baikal.

  6. Whenever I consider ancient culture, I have to consider 3 parts; archaeology, genetics and anthropology. Each part has 33%.
    However, in a rare case, just one factor becomes a “check mate”:

    Clearly Hg R1a-z93 is connected from modern altai to northern Indians.
    The oldest one is altai, but youngest northern Indian.

    At bronze age in altai, there was local okunnevo people, connecting anthropologically and cultureally american indian, who originated in the Altai.

    And their third eye culture would be connected to modern Indian.

    The elite hindu’s hair mode is like saving whole head except one long braid (Sikha) like scythian and american Indians.

  7. I agree with the above comment, that it reminds me of a menorah. Could there be any link at all? Thank you so much for the extremely interesting and informative article – your perspective and points certainly have me thinking!

  8. Spot on, the sun passing fall equinox and go through the 7 stages (7 constellations incl. Virgo and Aries) before it manifest on the horizon at spring equinox. The lady is also represented as the moon (night/winter) the period the su is “out of sight” and therefore in the divine.

    Also spot on with the cross and four dots…..

    Do you have a FB account?

  9. Your interpretations are incorrect the petroglyph is very basic solar and seasonal information in symbolic form. The “runes” are zodiac signs.

  10. I have figured out the mystery behind the figure and the 7 heads, and exactly how it ties in with carvings around the globe. If anyone is interested, please reach out to me. I have a detailed multi-page PDF.

  11. Its tengri. Göktürk god. Hakasya Abakan Shaman Turks symbol. 7 levels to skies. Circle and cross means tengry. You may imagine it as a tree of life. It represents the Shaman. At upper levels shaman turnes to tengri. The word is Runik alphabet of Göktürks Orhun Alphabet.

  12. There is no mystery here. The seven headed figure/snake represents the seven chakras which most people allow to run rampant by indulging lust, egotism, etc; Is the conquering of these not the underlying message of all the world’s oldest religions? This is also the the message of the Revelation of John. Overcome the chakras, master them, and you will escape the cycle of suffering on the earth plane.

  13. Ima jedna figura jako slicna Khakassia petroglyph-u sedmoglave zmije, a to je figura boga Hadada-Baala.
    Tu je Baal predstavljen kao sazvezdje Bik, a pecat-krst kao Plejade.
    Plejade su u Slovenskoj mitologiji sedam zmajeva, tj. zmija.
    Tako da ovo nije Devica, vec sazvezdje Taurus i Pleades.

  14. Interesting, there are 7 men and 7 heads, a plant and the shaman symbol for the four seasons, it could possibly say year! but yiab the shaman is said to connect with spirits which could be related here, especially with the sacred shaman symbol.

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