When it comes to weapons nowadays, everything revolves around firearms. However, one of the most dangerous and powerful weapon is still the power of speech. A gun shot can cause you physical pain but words leave deep scars which sometimes can never be healed.
During ancient periods, there were a lot of other weapons used to win wars or hearts. Most of these mythological objects come from different parts of Greece but you can also find famous mythological weapons in the Celtic, British or Northern mythology.
In the following, you will find 6 weapons from ancient mythology. Some of them sound crazier than others but there must be some truth behind these stories, right?
1. Cap Of Invisibility
Cap of Invisibility, also known as the Helm of Hades, Helm of Darkness or the Cap of Hades is an ancient mythological weapon used to acquire invisibility. The invisibility helmet is attributed to Hades because invisibility – aidos sounds very much like Hades – the ruler of the underworld. However, no ancient records depict Hades actually wearing or using the cap. The only users of the Cap who appear in the ancient myth are Athena, Hermes and Perseus. This helmet offered its user the power to become invisible to other divine entities, the users becoming undetectable.
The Pashupatastra is a weapon attributed to Shiva and Kali, in Hindu History. It is said that Pashupatastra is the weapon of the most important Shiva temples in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Pashupatinath. This weapon is supposed to have the power to eliminate all other weapon of this world and end human kind if used against a mortal enemy.
3. Thu?n Thiên
Thu?n Thiên or Heaven’s will was Lê L?i’s sword, which he used to liberate Vietnam from the occupation of Ming between 1418 and 1428. Lê L?i was a self-proclaimed king after he won the battle against Ming and it is said that his sword possessed magical powers which made Lê L?i grow tall and very powerful. However, some historians believe this was just a scheme set up by the king himself so that his story gains popularity among Vietnamese people and so that no one will question his authority.
4. Crocea Mors
Crocea Mors or Yellow Death was the name associated with Julius Caesar’s sword. However, Caesar lost it in a battle with Nennius after Crocea Mors got stuck in Nennius’ shield. It took fifteen dies and countless of lives for Nennius to die after suffering a head injury from Caesar and no one could go through him and Crocea Mors. After Nennius’ death, the sword was buried with him.
5. Taming Sari
The Taming Sari is a famous kris which can be found in Malay folklore. Much like other weapons presented in this list, the Taming Sari would supposedly give its user the power to remain unharmed against any enemy. Moreover, mystical powers are also associated with the Taming Sari, such as hovering in the air or leaping out of its sheath to engage in fights. Taming Sari was attributed to the melekan admiral, Hang Tuah.
Mjölnir is one of the most famous weapons in norse mythology and it is known as Thor’s hammer. To better describe what Mjölnir was capable of, here is what his manufacturers, Sindri and Brokkr have to say about it:
Then he gave the hammer to Thor, and said that Thor might smite as hard as he desired, whatsoever might be before him, and the hammer would not fail; and if he threw it at anything, it would never miss, and never fly so far as not to return to his hand; and if be desired, he might keep it in his sark, it was so small; but indeed it was a flaw in the hammer that the fore-haft was somewhat short
What other ancient weapons have you heard of?