Symbol is an image or sign that represents some meanings besides the meaning it is currently showing. It can be an idea, a belief, a value. A symbol can transmit or carry a message, a meaning in the simplest fashion.
An image carries many meanings.
The interesting thing is, in different cultures, in different contexts, one single symbol can be understood in many different ways. For instance, the lily flower or the fleur-des-lis is widely known as the symbol of many scouting organizations in the United States, but very few people remember that it used to be a famous ancient symbol used by the French royal families.
With this idea in mind, we have developed this blog, NATIONAL SYMBOLS, with the purpose to decode symbols of countries, nation-states around this globe. These symbols can sometimes be found easily on national flags, national emblems but sometimes are only stored in the people’s mind. Join us on this quest decoding these symbols to see the way how people around the world kept their historical, cultural or natural heritages of their own country. This is their national identity. It can be the American bold eagle that carries the idea of freedom; it can be the unique Malay tiger living in Malaysian tropical jungles; or it can also be the star of David holding the power of Israel people – the people chosen by God himself.
These symbols will be analyzed under the light of particular countries, to present all the stories and ideas that nation-state want to deliver. This blog hopes to be an interesting source of information for people around the world about symbolism, tourism, history and cultural studies, in order to become ‘international citizens‘. This blog was originally written in Vietnamese at https://bieutuongquocgia.com/
The blog is a synthesis of information which were aggregated from books and the Internet. We are glad to receive your feedback and contributions with the highest spirit of inquiry. To support our operation and development, we receive donations from readers at: https://www.paypal.me/ssangnguyen
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We sincerely thank all of your support and co-operation. Hopefully NATIONAL SYMBOLS in the form of a complete English book will fit neatly on your hand one day.
Nguyễn Trường Sang,
Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam,
Jan 19th, 2019.