Equal parts brutal, cool, and terrifying the Eagle at the heart of Austria’s coat of arms reflects Austria’s sovereignty, and the broken chains symbolise liberation from Nazi dictatorship. Whilst traditionally being associated with communism, the hammer and sickle here actually represent industry and agriculture respectively.
The bold colours of Bahamas coat of arms, coupled with the inclusion of two awesome animals makes this one stand out for us. The Conch Shell at the top of the coat of arms is indicative of the varied marine life of the islands, whilst the marlin on the sea, and the flamingo on land are the country’s national animals. At the heart of the shield is Columbus’ ship the Santa Maria, as the Bahamas were the site of his first landfall in the ‘New World’.
Emblem Of Thailand / Garuda As The Vehicle / Phra Khrut Pha
This rad emblem is Garuda, a mythological beast of Buddhist and Hindu tradition. The bird is the vehicle of the God Vishnu, known in Thailand as Narayana. The symbol also harks back to the belief of divine kingship, and so symbolises the divine right and authority of the King. Read more about the mythology surrounding Garuda here.
Emblem Of Bhutan
‘The national emblem of Bhutan is contained in a circle, and conists of a double diamond-thunderbolt (dorje) placed above a lotus, surmounted by a jewel and framed by two dragons. The thunderbolt represents the harmony between secular and religious power. The lotus symbolizes purity; the jewel expresses sovereign power; and the two dragons, male and female, stand for the name of the country which they proclaim with their great voice, the thunder’
Mexico’s coat of arms has a traditional meaning drawn from the legends surrounding the founding of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), and an adapted meaning that conforms with European Heraldic Tradition. To Tenochtitlan’s the eagle and the snake would have strong religious connotations, with the eagle being a symbol of the Sun and a representation of the God Huitzilopochtli, and the snake symbolising the Earth and possibly Huitzilopochtli’s Mother Coatlicue. The eagle devouring the snake in the more European meaning generally symbolises the conflict between good and evil, and the triumph of the former over the latter.
The Republic Of Congo
Two African elephants support a shield that is emblazoned with a red lion. The banner draped across the base is lifted from La Congolaise, the Republic’s national anthem, and translates to ‘Unity, Work, Progress’.