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Friday, February 1, 2013

THE YEAR OF SNAKE; SNAKES IN FLAGS



 
 
2013 is the year of the SNAKE begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. The 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

 To Begin with my first blog of the year I thought it may be interesting if the flags which have/had "SNAKES" are presented for the discerning readers : So here I go;

The image of the eagle and the snake in the coat of arms of Mexico and always occupied the centre stripe of  all the versions of the Mexican  Flag has religious connotations, as it relates to the beliefs of the ancient people, but it also serves as a symbol of triumph: the proud eagle defeating the evil snake. Eagle also refers to the legendary foundation of Tenochtitlan (Mexico) by the Aztecs. 
 The Eagle and the serpent meant for combining the two cosmic forces: that of the sun in the eagle and those of the earth in the serpent.
 This ancient flag of Sri Lanka (Sinhala Rajakiva Dhajya) is strikingly similar to the Mexican Aztec symbols. Here in place of an eagle we find a peacock is holding a snake in its beak.
 The first US Navy Jack had the Rattle Snake’s Warning “Don’t Tread On Me” created during the American Revolution in 1775.


The snake flag of Martinique has no official status on the island. It is a historical flag dating from an edict issued 4 August 1766, specifying that vessels of the French Colony of Martinique and Saint Lucia should fly a version of the French ensign, which at the time was a white cross on a blue field, with L-shaped (for Lucia) snakes in each quarter of the cross. The snakes are fer-de-lance vipers (Bothrops lanceolatus, French trigonocéphale) native to Martinique.

(Source; Internet and The Korean Stamp Review)

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