A trident "// is a three-"pronged "spear. It is used for "spear fishing and historically as a "polearm. The trident is the weapon of "Poseidon, or "Neptune, the god of the sea in "classical mythology. In "Hindu mythology it is the weapon of "Shiva, known as "trishula (Sanskrit for "triple-spear").
The word "trident" comes from the "French word trident, which in turn comes from the "Latin word tridens or tridentis: tri "three" and dentes "teeth". Sanskrit "trishula is compound of tri त्रि "three"+ ṣūla शूल "thorn".
In Greek, Roman, and Hindu mythology, the trident is said to have the power of control over the ocean.
Tridents for fishing usually have barbed "tines which trap the speared fish firmly. In the "Southern and "Midwestern United States, "gigging is used for harvesting "suckers, "bullfrogs, "flounder, and many species of "rough fish.
In "Ancient Rome, in a parody of fishing, tridents were famously used by a type of "gladiator called a "retiarius or "net fighter". The retiarius was traditionally pitted against a "secutor, and "cast a net to wrap his adversary and then used the trident to kill him.
In Hindu legends and stories "Shiva, a "Hindu God who holds a trident in his hand, uses this sacred weapon to fight off negativity in the form of evil villains. The trident is also said to represent three gunas mentioned in Indian vedic philosophy namely "sāttvika, rājasika, and tāmasika.
In Greek myth, Poseidon used "his trident to create water sources in "Greece and the "horse. Poseidon, as well as being god of the sea, was also known as the "Earth Shaker" because when he struck the earth in anger he caused mighty "earthquakes and he used his trident to stir up tidal waves, "tsunamis and sea storms. In relation to its fishing origins, the trident is associated with "Poseidon, the "god of the sea in "Greek mythology, and his Roman counterpart "Neptune.
In religious "Taoism, the trident represents the Taoist Trinity, the "Three Pure Ones. In Taoist rituals, a trident bell is used to invite the presence of deities and summon spirits, as the trident signifies the highest authority of Heaven.
Trident, "Burmese, 18th century
A number of structures in the biological world are described as trident in appearance. Since at least the late 19th century the trident shape was applied to certain botanical shapes; for example, certain "orchid flora were described as having trident-tipped lips in early "botanical works. Furthermore, in current botanical literature, certain "bracts are stated to have a trident-shape (e.g. "Douglas-fir).
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