Jóska Soós, Hungarian táltos (=shaman) and painter with his drum
While the symbols on his drum are abstract and reflect his distinct style of drawing, the concept and the placement of the symbols relies heavily on the traditions of classic Siberian shamanism.
The vertical line is a symbol of the axis mundi, the world tree. The three horizontal lines divide the drum into 3 areas:
- Top area - It represents the upper world, heaven, the branches of the world tree, the super-consciousness. You can find the Moon (left) and the Sun (right) depicted in this area.
- Middle area - It represents our world, the surface of the earth, the normal consciousness. A woman (left) and a man (right) is painted here.
- Bottom area - It represents the underworld, the subterranean, the roots of the world tree, the subconscious. A polyp (left) and the primal atom (right) is depicted here.