Monday, 23 March 2015

Eight armed Swastika - Sign of the Vehmic court



This Eight armed Swastika is often called the Sign of the Vehmic courts - but what are the Vehmic courts? They were known by numerous names - Vehmgericht, holy Vehme or the Vehm, also spelt Feme, Vehmegericht, Fehmgericht, the name comes from the Germanic word 'vëme' meaning punishment. These were 'secret courts' who acted to pass judgement on criminals by pro-vigilantly secret brotherhoods originally based around Dortmund. It was said that any Pure Blooded German could become a judge in the Vehmic court. This courts continued until the 16th century.