Good post but where on earth did you hear this story about paganism and the 60sMexican one is interesting because right there you have the eagle and the serpent together, with the eagle clearly 'beating' the serpent. Some people say the serpent represents Pagan culture, especially because so many Pagans from around the world worshipped the serpent (serpent symbols can be found everywhere) for it's evolutionary characteristic shedding of it's skin to grow into a bigger and better serpent. So they were not celebrating snakes themselves, but the idea of growing and becoming better. They say the Mexican flag had this emblem added to represent the final running out of the last outposts of "pagan" culture in the late 60s, right around the time the west was catching on to Peyote and psychedelics as a route to evolving (skin shedding: evolution)
Good question. From what I can remember, and my history is a little rusty, in heraldry and vexillology, the double-headed eagle (or double-eagle) is a charge associated with the concept of Empire. Most modern uses of the symbol are directly or indirectly associated with its use by the Byzantine Empire, whose use of it represented the Empire's dominion over the Near East and the West. The symbol is much older, and its original meaning is debated among scholars. The eagle has long been a symbol of power and dominion.Isn't the eagle often with two heads, a kind of Romanov related symbol?
Golden eagle is now believed to be the actual fastest flying bird I think, as they now think that when it dives it actually achieves higher speeds than a peregrine falcon which was previously thought to be the fastest. More than 200 mph apparently.It seems as though many of the more domineering cultures throughoput history adopted the Eagle as their symbol because it represented not only power but it's also one of the higher flying and better sighted birds, so you have the overseeing aspect too. In short you could say it's a symbol of control and conquest.
Good post but where on earth did you hear this story about paganism and the 60s
That's been the Mexican coat of arms for two hundred years and predates it as a symbol by like a millennium. Ancient Tenochitlan symbol mythically tied to it's founding. They saw an eagle on a cactus eating a serpent, took it as a sign, and settled. (so the myth goes)
I think it was Giotto whose submission to gain entry to the academy or whatever was a perfect circle drawn by hand.Ah just saw posts above where it was already mentioned.
I like the Romanov story though and the Death of Rasputin and all that stuff but they obviously nicked the logo from the Byzantines and earlier.
There's a story in Greek Mythology about a guy who would be released if he managed to draw a perfectly straight line, but the name escapes me. The reason I mention it, there was a thing called Serpentine Lines as described by Hogarth.