Circular metal necklace, common in many Celtic traditions as well as many different traditions from Northern England and Ireland. Used as a symbol of initiation and respect following death ceremonies. The shape of the necklace is thought by some scholars to be a reference to the snake, Ourobouros swallowing it`s own tail and thus a return to one`s source, a concept analogous the 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' of Christian religions. Also used as a symbol of protection and good fortune that was hung over doorways in much the same way horseshoes are used today....
A torc, also spelled torq or torque, is a large rigid or at least stiff neck ring in metal, made either as a single piece or from strands twisted together. The great majority are open at the front, although some had hook and ring closures and a few mortice and tenon locking catches to close them. Many seem designed for near-permanent wear and woul...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torc
• (n.) Same as Torque, 1.Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/torc/
Same as Torque
, 1. Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/T/71
A piece of jewellery worn about the neck - but isn't loose like a necklace. These are usually made of various metals and either segmented beads (with a flat metal 'collar') or metal wires twisted together. Roman authors refer to them being worn by Iron Age chieftains - the Roman army later adopted these as military decorations, being awards to indi...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20766
A torc is a piece of jewellry or personal ornamentation consisting of one or more metal bars or bands twisted spirallt. Torcs originated with early peoples including the early Persians and Scythians and during the Iron Age became a popular and widespread ornament of the Celts, with the Irish producing the finest and most varied designs.Found on http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/browse/PT.HTM
Neck ornament worn as a status symbol.
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