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by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 27 June 2011
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Traditionally, the town has been known as Autlán de la Grana [Autlan of the
scarlet color], because of the growing of the cochineal, a certain kind of
insect grows in the prickly pears, out of which such a color is obtained.
During pre-Hispanic ages it was to be used to color clothes and during the
Colonial era, the color was exported to Europe, being Autlan the main
Autlán de Navarro: historia y geografía).
The scarlet color of the flag of Autlan recalls the traditional
"cochineal industry", while the emblem in the middle is just the Nahuatl
pictograph representing the word 'Autlan', which in that language means
"near of the irrigation ditch", from 'Aotli': "irrigation ditch" or
"channel"; and 'tlan': "land" or "near of", represented by the teeth-shaped
figure in the pictograph. The glyph is said to be reproduced after the
Autlán de Navarro: historia y geografía and
Heráldica oficial de los municipios de Jalisco: Autlán de Navarro).
Heráldica oficial de los municipios de Jalisco: Autlán de Navarro
says that "the municipality has a flag for its own. It is a rectangle divided into
three equal stripes, upper and middle ones are scarlet and the bottom one is
white. The cochineal is represented by the scarlet color, while white stands
for peace, friendship, fraternity and hospitality. In the middle appears the
municipality's heraldic emblem."
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 3 July 2011.
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