Red & white were symbols of life & death. It was believed that the sahovnica was sourced from such traditions & that this made it a powerful symbol, not merely because of the red & white, but the way it was patterned reflecting life-death-life-death... and symbolising the movement from one generation to the next & the passing down of traditions
you may be interested to know about a program called 'na rubru znanost' on Croatian TV (HTV). It deals with off-science topics. They had an interview with a women who was a philosopher that specilised in death as a concept. In her research , she noted that in eastern religions red & white were symbols of life & death. It was believed that the sahovnica was sourced from such traditions & that this made it a powerful symbol, not merely because of the red & white, but the way it was patterned reflecting life-death-life-death... and symbolising the movement from one generation to the next & the passing down of traditions. Thus it is that the sahovnica has become the embodiment of the psyche of a whole nation and a potent ancestral record.
Further to my previous email on the tennis violence, I found the following articles pondering security measures for an upcoming swimming meet in Australia. What caught my eye was the prospect of banning flags, and my hypothesis for the orchestration of violence by dijasporic Serb nationalists was too see the Croat flag banned b/c the sahovnica is such a powerful, and recently positive symbol for the Croat people & Croatia's citizens.
As an indication of how far reaching the sahovnica is, I have attached a picture I took today from a calendar that was hanging in the PE (physical education) teachers staff room in the school I teach @ in Japan. The calendar mainly had Japanese sportspeople & only about three foreigners (gaijin) - one of them being our very own Janica Kostelic!
Because of this article, we opened a new category "Grb Watch". So, if you find Croatian pattern anywhere, just send us a photo.
Formated for CROWN by Nenad Bach
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