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Can you name the country by the religious symbols shown on their national flags?
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Feb 12th, 2012 at 21:20 GMT
Great quiz puckett86 5 globes :) It was surprisingly rather more difficult than I had anticipated. It's interesting how so many Asian countries have religious symbols on their flags...
Feb 16th, 2012 at 11:25 GMT
Feb 23rd, 2012 at 02:44 GMT
The Ashoka Chakra of India is actually more of a Buddhist symbol than a Hindu one. While the concept of the wheel of dharma is found in both religions, the one on the Indian flag is taken from the Lion Capital of Ashoka, who was propagating Buddhism when these edicts were issued. So the Ashoka Chakra on the flag is a depiction of the Buddhist Dharmachakra, and it might be better to list as Buddhism. But, well, it's Hindu too so it's not too much of a problem. Definitely does not take away from the fact that this game is incredibly awesome and deserving of 5 globes :)
Feb 25th, 2012 at 04:25 GMT
Maybe I'm missing something but what exactly is religious about a Saladin symbol?
Feb 25th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
It would be funny if Vatican didn't have a religion related flag.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 23:30 GMT
@Zephos After a little research, it seems you're right that it's a bit of a stretch using that symbol in this quiz. I've replaced it. Thanks.
Mar 2nd, 2012 at 15:42 GMT
What about teh United Kingdom (and all of the countries that carr a Union Flag as a part of theirs) - the crosses of St George and St Andrew are consituents of the Union Flag!
Mar 23rd, 2012 at 17:41 GMT
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Apr 20th, 2012 at 03:29 GMT
Couldn't resist trying "Solomon Islands" for the Seal of Solomon one.
Apr 20th, 2012 at 19:13 GMT
Used Finland Instead of Greece, didnt even think of it lol.
Jul 10th, 2012 at 03:19 GMT
"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." - Psalms 92:12 I guess the Lebanese got pretty psyched when the Old Testament gave them a shout-out.
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Nov 25th, 2012 at 04:16 GMT
Wow. I totally thought Japan's flag was just a random big red dot.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 04:21 GMT
Kinda ironic that of all flags with the star and crescent you chose Turkey to use. I would say ANY other flag with it probably would have been a better choice. Why? Because Turkey is the only flag where it's not a 'religious symbol'. If my understanding is correct, modern day Turkey is what's left of the Ottoman empire's land, and it is specifically meant to be a *secular* country, not a Muslim country (hence why it is a popular vacation spot for Israelis). And the symbol actually originally belonged to the Ottoman empire, before Islam took it, and it got on flags like Pakistan, Libya, Algeria, etc. Turkey had it from before it was a religious symbol.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 04:26 GMT
But I guess I can kinda see Turkey being the initial choice coming to mind since it's a 'basic' flag with it on a solid background and guessable. Pakistan could fit that bill too though and would be a better choice anyway.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 05:13 GMT
Actually, if I understand it, all the other countries borrowed the Star and Crescent from the Ottoman Empire and the Ottomans took it from the Byzantines.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 05:47 GMT
how did I not even try Vatican City ..
Nov 25th, 2012 at 06:14 GMT
@zak6009: Turkey is what's left of the Ottoman Empire but the Ottoman Empire was a Muslim nation. In fact, for much of its existence, it claimed to be the Caliphate and the Ottomans were deemed to be the protectors of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. But, the fact remains that the star and crescent have become identified with Islam since at least the Ottoman era.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 07:40 GMT
BamaRainbow, Ottoman may have been a Muslim nation, but still it was a symbol of the empire and its nation, not of their religion. Either way, even if the star/crescent are associated with Islam, the fact remains that Turkey today, despite having that symbol in the flag, is officially a SECULAR country, and not a Muslim country like most of the other 5-7 flags with that symbol. So it's just odd to use that one in this quiz, of all possible flags with it, to represent it as a religious symbol.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 11:09 GMT
"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Did Lebanon use a cedar tree on their flag just because of that verse?
Nov 25th, 2012 at 12:19 GMT
^^^ Not only because of that, but it was in large part of it. Also, the cedar is a symbol of the Maronite Catholic people of the country.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 13:11 GMT
The olive branches on the Cypriot flag are meant to symbolize peace between the island's Greek and Turkish communities, I don't see how this is religious.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 13:36 GMT
@indiekid: It's probably got something to do with the story of Noah, specifically Genesis 8:11, with the olive branch symbolising God's peace with humanity, and by extension, peace in general.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 13:42 GMT
Mauritania comes to mind
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Nov 25th, 2012 at 13:52 GMT
Excellent quiz and explanation...although an American fighter pilot in WWII might refer to Japan's symbol as a meatball, as opposed to a religions icon. Very good quiz.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 15:17 GMT
The flags on the coat of arms on the Dominican Republic's flag are very nearly the flag of the Dominican Republicâthey just lack the coat of arms in the middle. I can't understand why any country would come that close to having an infinitely recursive flag and not go all the way.
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Nov 25th, 2012 at 16:43 GMT
Care to include Sweden, Norway, etc. for their crosses?
Nov 25th, 2012 at 17:52 GMT
I always thought that Indian wheel was orange, had to google it to make sure it was blue!
Nov 25th, 2012 at 19:11 GMT
I don't think Cyprus' flag should be included. The olive branch may symbolize peace /because/ of religion, but it is not a religious symbol or contains any religious themes. I'm pretty sure when making the flag, they even avoided the use of Christian/Muslim symbols; so as to remain neutral to both sides of Cyprus.
Nov 25th, 2012 at 20:52 GMT
It never occurred to me that the keys on the Vatican flag were the keys to heaven. How do they know what they even look like?
Nov 25th, 2012 at 23:14 GMT
There's a lot of countries with religious symbols on their flags! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_national_symbols
Nov 26th, 2012 at 01:05 GMT
I always guess Kyrgyzstan just 'cause.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 01:28 GMT
I like that the Dominican Republic's is the least-guessed one even though it has "Republica Dominicana" on it.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 04:51 GMT
I might be the only one who thinks this, but the middle of the Dominican Republic's kinda looks like the head of a fox. There is a "nose", two blues "eyes", and "ears" that are in the upper blue and red sections. It may sound crazy, but every time I look at it, I see a fox.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 07:29 GMT
@bizzlebiz13: This cannot be unseen.
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Nov 26th, 2012 at 16:06 GMT
the religious symbol of iran is a sign of the sikhism, not of the islam.
Nov 26th, 2012 at 16:25 GMT
@rastafari_seth Sorry buddy, but that the Khanda (Sikh) and the Iranian symbol are very different, and I am sure Persians and Sikhs are both offended by that. It reminds of how foreign tourists think they see the Nazi Swastika all around India. @Zak6009 What exactly are you up in arms about? Many countries included in this list are secular. The symbol is ISLAMIC...end of story. Slovenia, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Cyprus, Mongolia, Japan...are ALL SECULAR. Turkish people are Muslim, that flag is Muslim-based.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 15:12 GMT
The Turks adopted the star and crescent symbol from the Byzantines, so emussoni is correct here. It was the symbol of Constantinople before the Turkish invasion and goes all the way back to ancient times when Artemis, the moon goddess, was commonly worshiped in Anatolia. The ruins of the massive Temple of Artemis near SelĂ§uk, Turkey along with lack of lunar imagery in Islam before 1453 support this theory.
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