Coat of arms of Mali
The coat of arms of Mali is usually called the emblem, since it has a rounded shape. The main emblem of this African state contains symbols and signs important for the country. They remind that the country gained independence not so long ago, it strives for peace, but is ready to defend its borders..
Description of the Malian emblem
The main official symbol of the country is radically different from all world coats of arms. Its shape is an azure circle, in which the main symbols are inscribed:
- rising Sun;
- vulture eagle soaring in the sky;
- white bows, considered a national weapon;
- snow-white mosque as a symbol of faith.
In addition, there are inscriptions on the emblem. They go in a circle, at the top is the name of the country - «Republic of Mali», below is the motto calling for the unity of the nation and the unity of faith.
This African state is located inland and has no access to the sea. Perhaps that is why, of all the colors of the spectrum, it was azure that was chosen, symbolizing the dream of sea open spaces and an advantageous geographical position..
The rising sun is one of the most ancient symbols of space, which can be found in the culture of different peoples and on the coats of arms of various states on this planet. On the emblem of Mali, the sun is depicted not in the form of a solar disk, but in a third of the rays peeping out. In this position, the heavenly body is a symbol of new life, dawn and prosperity, renewal.
The eagle is another heraldic symbol as ancient as the rising sun. Its main meaning is strength, domination, absolute power. There are still problems with this in Mali. State coups in the country occur quite often, which means that there is no strong power yet. The forces of the rebels are only enough to overthrow the old rulers.
White bows are not only a type of traditional weapon of the indigenous Malians, but also a symbol of strength, defense capability, and readiness to confront external enemies. Also, bows act as a symbol of national characteristics, edged weapons are deliberately taken.
Although the Malian army has various types of ultra-modern military equipment, the most primitive weapons have been chosen. This is typical not only for Mali, but also for other African countries (for example, Angola) and Latin America (Panama, Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela).
The snow-white mosque depicted on the emblem testifies to the fact that most of the country's inhabitants are Muslims. In addition, the national motto contains an appeal to citizens to unite in faith, meaning, of course, the Islamic faith.