13 June 2005

Kyrgyzstan Flag



[Update] chronicler asked about the symbolism of the flag, which I was too lazy to add earlier. This is from the Silk Road Foundation:

Kyrgyzstan's flag was adopted on March 3, 1992 and shows a combination of esoteric and practical symbols. On a field of red - traditional color of the Kyrgyz - is centered a yellow sun with 40 rays, representing the 40 tribes led by the ancient national hero, Manas, who united them to form the Kyrgyz nation. (See Aramco World, May/June 1996.) Centered on the sun is a red circle containing two crossed sets of three curved lines, a stylized representation of the opening at the peak of a yurt - the traditional circular tent of skins used by the nomads of Central Asia and Mongolia. The sun symbolizes light, nobility and eternigy to the Kyrgyz. This flag is of particular interest because on the observe, or front, side the rays of the sun curve in a counter-clockwise direction, while on the reverse of the flag the rays curve clockwise.

5 comments:

  1. Amira, does it have a representation explanation? I would be interested in knowing more about the design.

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  2. Thank You! Very interesting. It is good to see that they not only impart cultural influences, but also include religious interpretation into the design.

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  3. Fascinating! This is the first flag write up I've really been interested in reading through to the end.

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  4. I love that the yurt is in there.

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