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Sunday, 15 March 2009

Bulgarian National Emblem- the story of our gerbe

This publication was originally posted in Bglog.net. Then I decided that it's good enough for this blog, especially since it's on very beloved by me subject. Not so much the emblem itself, but our national history. I have said it many times, it's not about nationalism, it's about the Truth. It's about OUR past, about the experience that our ancestors had and left us in our genes. Because I firmly believe our genes do remember and that they encode actually everything we go trough. But those memories manifest only in appropriate conditions, like remembering the history, finding the morals our predecessors had and the beliefs they shared. I don't want to go poetic, so I get onto business.

Please, consider this information below to be my personal interpretation. The lion is very popular in heraldic so obviously, I'm not claiming it's a Bulgarian symbol. I'm just trying to pursue the path it had to travel to get on our emblem. Here is a link, with the lions in English emblems.

To begin, I must say I always wondered why we chose the lion. It's not an animal we have had on our territory, it's not part of our history, nor from our mythology. Then why? According to wikipedia, the lion appeared for a first time in official symbols and seals in 12-13th century(link). However, there is a lion in the horseman of Madar, who (I think) it's Thracian (or Thrakian, which is the right pronuncuation, actually-and note how Traki sounds like Iraqi) symbol. But for the Thracians or the Traki, later. Now for the lion.

Our current National Emblem (Gerbe):


It's saying "Joined we're strong" (in a free translation). One can see the 3 lions that have been interpretated in various ways. But for me, they remembered me of the story of the Sphynx in its apocrifical version- the idea that the Sphinx is a tribute to a Maya prince- Jaguar. I didn't find the correct picture, but this one is very similar:

Note the 2 jaguars in similar composition as our lions.

The jaguars were heavily worshipped in South America and some people even called themselves men-jaguars. Check out the picture of a woman copulation with a jaguar.

It's also very interesting that on sanscrit and the maya language, the words for tigger and jaguar are strikingly similar. Something that people with knowledge will trace to our Glorious Past and the ancient civilisations.

The picture in the sphinx book from Latin America was very similar to the reknown picture of Sumerian mythology from the Epos of Gilgamesh-Gilgamesh and the lions.




The epos is very famous and you can easily find a lot about it (or click on the pictures-all of them are with links). Please, note the analogy in the compositions. The basic idea is that the Hero is a master of the animals. In many of those "pictures", the hero fight them and wins. You can see also the Egyptian version:




But the Hero isn't always fighting and killing the animals. The version I prefer is that the Hero is the Master of the Animals but also their friend and protector. Something I remember from the book on Sumeria- that the first humans loved the animals and even sometimes bred with them-something that disgusted the sophisticated gods and they decided to get them in the right path by killing them. Ok, in this case the gods has some point, because otherwise our genes would be very complicated and it's not sure how functional. In any case, I recently read that in recent diggings on a Homo something site in Africa, it turned out that there are no bones from predators-it was like that specie didn't have a predators!Which is weird. Unless, the animals found them too superior to kill them.


Hittites: Master of animals (Gilgamesh) grasps the hind leg of a lion in one hand, the horn of a bull in the other and is accompanied by a stag and two other beasts, Mythological scene, The Herald Wall’s reliefs, Carchemish by Efendi.



You can see on this picture above that the Hero is in much more friendly environment. It now reminds me of the story of Orpheus- a Traki god, that greek mythology turned into a episodic hero- when Orphey played on his harp, all the animals and people got in trance, they all felt sudden peace and love.
By the way the site that the picture is linked to says that this is from "Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara", which is quite close to Bulgaria and thus Trakia and there are even more lions there. Which may or may not have connection with our story.

On the picture below, the Hero is even more in love with the animals. The linked site tell about the story of the Old Testament and how it happily stole stories from Sumeria.

Not to get carried away by other stories. Below there are even more pictures of lions.


Enough pictures.

What are the goals of this publication. Well, nothing special-I'm not making claims, except that for me, our 3 lions are connected with the Sumerian story of Gilgamesh. All the others ideas I imply are obvious and people that look will see them.

The moral-the Bulgarian emblem is actually quite good. It's beautiful. It significant. We shouldn't be ashamed by it, but to respect it. No matter it's so over-done. If it was for me, I'd leave only the lions and the inscription. But it's not up me. Anyway, our symbol is ancient and important. And its idea is that there were other times, when humans weren't enemies of the animals, but their friends and protectors. A time when lions stood beside us and honoured us.

And last but not least, here are some links that you might like (or not). They are mostly "alternative" but I liked them and found them quite reasonable. Enjoy!

Archeological perspectives

The Mayas and the aliens (it's weird that similar pictures have been seen on other places in the world)

Mayas, aztecs and toltecs

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