20:18 · The heart sign is as old as 0650, 2612, 0431b, 2439, 0221, and 4204. Its meaning for the people living in Europe before the last Ice Age of course is not known, but since these Cro-Magnons were hunters one can be reasonably sure it meant that life sustaining organ pumping around the blood of the organism every second of its lifetime.
    Graphically 2013a is related to 0206d, the sign for fire and for flight in the Middle Ages, and one of the most common signs in Western ideography. It is also related to 0216b, Aries, its graphic counterpart among the open sign structures, and to 2504, for union or togetherness.
    It is probable that 2013a began as 2013b, a pictorial sign for the heart of a man or an animal. Nowadays, at least in Sweden, 2013a is associated with the behind and defecation, as it is an old sign for a toilet for both sexes.
    The heart does not appear in any established sign system. It is an anarchistic graph that has yet to find a place in any conventional sign system. Nontheless it is well known throughout the Western world as a sign for togetherness or love, especially sexual love, making love, affection and so on.
    One sign that is often associated physically with 2013a is 0421, the arrow, a symbol for directed energy, flow, penetration. See 5327 in Group 53.
    Other ideograms that often appear together with the heart, for instance on posters for public events, and in advertisements of sales, are 2825d and 2740. The combination stands for party, festivities, happiness, and favorable opportunities.
    In connection with these fivepointed star signs, it is interesting to note that 2033 is a variation of the Arabic sign for the number 5.
    The heart sign appears as a symbol in all the major cultural spheres. In the Christian trilogy of faith, hope and charity 2013a stands for charity as the anchor cross stands for hope. It also appears with a religious or positive meaning among Aztecs, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Celts, and Taoists.
    In ancient Greece the heart sign (together with the flower) was related to 0217, the lyre, the attribute of Eros, the god of sexual love, around 600-400 B.C. Later, the attribute of Greek Eros, his Roman counterpart Amor, and even Cupid (Latin = desire) was changed to the bow and arrow. On a Greek amphora from around 500 B.C. one can see 2013a used as leaves of a wreath placed on the head of Dionysos, the god of wine and feasting.
    The heart sign is also used in Africa: see 0218 and 2301.
    In early heraldry it is not uncommon. It is found, for example, on the coat of arms of Magnus Ladulås from the thirteenth century, a Swedish king known for his work to ensure the safety and sanctity of women, and to put an end to the habit of knights and soldiers to take what they wanted from the peasants.
    To find graphical opposites to the symmetric, soft, closed 2013a one has to look for the simplest of those structures that are asymmetric, straight-lined and open, with crossing lines, like 1501 or 1510. The graphic opposition is mirrored by a corresponding semantic opposition. One would hardly imagine Hitler using 2013a as a symbol of his Nazi movement.
    The biggest banking corporation of the world, the Japanese D.K.B. has chosen the heart sign for its logo in the form 2463.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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