Being visualizer, I have not only enjoyed the new cities, discovered on this Carpe Diem Haiku journey but also been quite fascinated by their coats of arms (that I always have a peek at). The current one of Khabarovsk (Хабаровск), the second largest city in the Russian Far East, is almost like a Russian nesting doll matryoshka with the first two coats of arms incorporated in it.
The Ussurian black bear and the Amur tiger are the main figures in the coat of arms – these animals are endemic to the Amur land. From a heraldic point of view a bear symbolizes strength and foresight but a tiger signifies great fierceness and valor. Both animals act as defenders of the city and have the historical coat of arms of Khabarovsk in their paws. The lazuli pillar in the old coat of arms is the symbol of the River Amur while the fish reminds about the main occupation of the inhabitants of the city. Not so much visible but still very present are the two fire-breathing hills on the top left corner – the active volcanoes. The crown on top is an emblem of victory, of course, as well as of sovereignty and empire. Last but not least – “1858”, the year when Khabarovsk was founded.
Red, white and blue on the background of the coat of arms are three equal parts of colors of the Russia’ s national flag. Looking at the meaning of all colours in the Khabarovsk coat of arms, red symbolizes bravery, courage, fearlessness; lazuli – beauty, gentleness, greatness; black symbolizes wisdom, humility, sadness; gold – a symbol of wealth, justice, generosity but silver – independence, cleanliness, good. Quite a combination, isn’t it?
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no bears or tigers
stories encoded in scars
– my own coat of arms
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