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Luoke (Telsiai, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 15 December 2009

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Luoke (Telsiai District) - on a red field the arms of Luoke: three flames over a three-hill. Flag proportions 5:6, finial is a silver tip, staff is silver. There is ambiguity about the bordure: the picture shows a green stripe on the free edges, but the description says "free edges bordered with silver rope". I propose in this case following the practice of the Lithuanian Heraldry Commission itself: when they see an ambiguity between a picture and a description, they prefer the picture, as text errors are much more often and easier made. The three-hill means the legendary Satrija hill (also known as Pasatrija castle-mound), and flames mean first of all the signal flames of Samogitian castles, used for warning each other and the environs about the attacks of Teutonic Order. Also many other meanings are "in background": the ancient pagan sanctuary and its eternal flame, the legendary Jauteryte's grave, the witches' night jamborees etc.
Virginijus Misiunas, 15 December 2009