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Humpolec city, Czech Republic

Pelhrimov okres, Vysocina region

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Humpolec town flag

[Humpolec flag] by Ivan Sache, 17 Dec 2000

The flag of Humpolec has two equal horizontal stripes - white over blue, and a red canton (broad as the white strip and square shaped) with two yellow forks crossed. Flag adopted 15 Jul 1993.
Aleš Křižan, 13 Dec 2000

Humpolec CoA

[Humpolec CoA] image from this website, located by Jarig Bakker, 24 Oct 2002

The coat of arms is gules two forks in saltire (arms of noble family Leskovec z Leskovce/ Leskovec of Leskovec) or between in chief an escutcheon per fess sable, argent and gules (Arms of noble family Trcka z Lípy / Trcka of Lipa) and in base an arrow argent in pale, with piece of cloth argent instead feathers , known as  "Zavinutá strela" ("Folded dart") in Czech and as "Odrowaz" in Polish  "Rub off the beard!". This was the  Family Coat  of Arms  of the Lords z Dubé (of Dubá). There's a Legend about the Odrowaz, known in our country and adopted by the Dubá Family too. The Legend says that a small and weak  knight has beaten the big and  strong one, cut him the beard  and picked it on his arrow as a trophy.
Aleš Křižan, 13 Dec 2000

Anthropo-ethnologists would surely call that 'ritualized emasculation' or 'toning down of a bloody legend'. Mythologists would identify ancient common Indo-European myths (e.g. Zeus and Cronos, Absalom, Samson and Dalila etc.).
In a lighter way, there is a silly game in France in which two peoples sit in front of each other very closely, look into each other's eyes and grasp each other's chin with the hand when singing a stoopid song : "I grasp you - You grasp me - By the goatee (beard) - The first of both of us - Who laugh - Shall receive a little tap". The first competitor who laughs is the luser. I always lose the game :-)
Ivan Sache, 17 Dec 2000

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