From the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Image from Nintendo Switch version taken by C. Wassenaar and via Nintendo.
15. A Hint of Zora Symbolism
Let’s start things subtly. When you reach Zora’s Domain, you’ll meet both Mipha and Sidon, the princess and prince of the Zora people. Of course, Mipha’s only present in the game as a memory and as a spirit, while Sidon is very much alive and helps you reach Vah Ruta, but the two of them do have some pieces of jewelry that represent a reference to earlier games.
Take a look at Mipha in the above screenshot; you’ll see she has a piece with three half-circles facing out and away from each other hanging off of the side of her head. You’ll probably recognize the outline from The Wind Waker, since it’s actually present on Medli’s clothing. However, the reference goes a little further back. The shape comes from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s the shape of the Zora’s Sapphire, one of the three Spiritual Stones Link must collect in order to open the Door of Time in the Temple of Time.
Since then, it’s become a more general symbol for the goddess Nayru herself as well as the Zora, as it appears on Nayru’s Pearl in The Wind Waker. Notably, Mipha and Sidon don’t mention it; only if you look will you see the nod to one of the three big goddesses of Zelda.