Deva

An Aether family from the Punjab region of India during the Vedic period. The name Deva originally referred to a divine benevolent deity but has since become a more general name for a god. The swastika is a symbol of good fortune and can still be found on many Hindu altars despite its modern unpopularity in the west because of its misrepresentation during the second world war and the rise of Hitler’s nationalist party. However, this crest was designed by Kumara Deva when he became a fully fledged member of The Order in 1883 and it represents the Bharata people’s relationship with fire/light. Many descendants within the Deva line have had varying abilities to create or manipulate fire/light, this is how their familial name and the familial name of their kin, the Agni family, came to be, as Agni Deva, the fire god, was worshipped from a time prior to their Olympian ancestor and due to their similarity in abilities, the Olympian and her descendants were so named similarly after the fire god himself. Some members of the Deva and Agni families have theorised that their Olympian ancestor, who has never been identified as anything other than an Aryan woman (a superior race of being) or as Agni Deva (a fire god), that they are in actual fact the same deity. However this claim has never been substantiated. The words beneath the shield are used as a mantra before battle, confrontation and times of trial and hardship to bring strength, fortune and prosperity to the family and to their extended family. The name Deva means divine/deity.