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Domasinec (Medjimurje, Croatia)

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Last modified: 2008-07-26 by dov gutterman
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image by Željko Heimer, 14 October 2007

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It seems that the community of Domašinec adopted new symbols recently - the ceremonial flag is shown on the community web site and Tomislav Šipek reported seeing the flag hoisted in Domašinec on his last visit there a month ago.
The coat of arms of Domašinec is: vert two grain flails or in saltire. These items on coat of arms of Domašinec are not nunchaku (although it is said that the Japanese weapon was developed from the same tool!) - these are agricultural tools used to thresh wheat named a flail or a grain flail.
The flag is green with yellow bordered coat of arms in the middle. The ceremonial flag is a green triangularly ending gonfalon with the coat of arms in the middle, beneath it two garbs of wheat, in the top inscription in two lines.
Željko Heimer, 14 October 2007

The flail (from Latin "flagellum", "a whip"; in French, "fléau") was a main agricultural tool before the invention of the threshing machine. Wild wheats and their relative are self-threshing, but domesticated wheats are no longer. This prevents grain loss before and, mostly, during harvest, but requires a specific threshing tool.
Given the importance of agriculture in the past and the importance of flails in agriculture, I am surprised to see flails shown on so few flags. The only other examples we seem to have is Opatovice (Czech Republic) and Cremin commune (Vaud canton, Switzerland).
Ivan Sache and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 October 2007

Coat of Arms and flag designed by Heraldic Art d.o.o from Rijeka and approved by the Ministry of Administration/Central State Office for Administration before 2006.
Željko Heimer, 23 May 2008

Ceremonial Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 14 October 2007

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 14 October 2007