The Vajra and Fleur-de-lis

Known as the thunderbolt of Indra, lightning bolts of Zeus and Thor's hammer, proof of the Vajra symbol's equivalence to the French fleur-de-lis can be found in the statuary of the Rawak Vihara Buddhist stupa northeast of Khotan in present day Xinjiang, China.

At Rawak, there is a large appliqued Buddha seated within a vesica of lotus petals. Above and by the sides of this applique figure there are rose bundles of flames. Then below this is a single fleur-de-lis ornament carved within a nimbus field (i.e., a halo or glory cloud). On either side of this are two more small seated Buddha figures of a similar type, and between them a double fleur-de-lis ornament representing a double Vajra.* [Stein]

Small lotuses appear above and below this ornament near the scroll of the border surrounding the scene. The presence of the lotus (representing the crown ushnisha and seat of consciousness) next to the Vajra probably accounts for the traditional description of the fleur-de-lis as a lotus flower.

From this we can interpret the Vajra and fleur-de-lis together as symbolic of attaining Buddhahood. Since the bundle of flames mentioned above usually suggests fire sacrifice of sacred plants (i.e., the Soma Amrita) as found in many ancient cultures, the fleur-de-lis of the Frankish Merovingian kings can be considered most anciently a symbol of entheogenic communion and the attainment of enlightenment.

This should come as no surprise since the Merovingian name originates from "Meru" (the Vedic mountain to heaven) and "vingian," identifying the Frankish royal bloodline as originating from the "vine of Meru."

* Stein, M. A., "Ancient Khotan: Detailed Report of Archaeological Explorations in Chinese Turkestan," Vol I., Oxford At the Clarendon Press, 1907.