A double-headed ax known to the Classical Greeks as Pelekys or Sagaris and to the Romans as a bipennis is known as a labrys. From the Middle Bronze Age onwards, the labrys symbolism can be found in Minoan, Thracian, Greek, and Byzantine religion, mythology, and art. The labrys also appears in African folklore and religious iconography (see Shango). Previously, the labrys was a symbol of Greek fascism. It is now occasionally used as a symbol of Hellenic Neopaganism. It depicts lesbianism and feminine or matriarchal power as an LGBT emblem.

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