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Otok (Split-Dalmatia, Croatia)

Općina Otok

Last modified: 2008-07-19 by dov gutterman
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image by Željko Heimer, 23 December 2007

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Otok is a community in the Split-Dalmatia County (unlike the city of Otok near Vinkovci), situated east of Sinj, population about 5,800, with somewhat over 3,000 in the village of the same name. The community web site provides a longish and epic description of symbols adopted. However, since the symbols do not conform with the rules set by the central authorities, they have probably not received authorization yet (although with slight changes they could be easily amended for it) .
The coat of arms of Otok is: gules a winged ox holding a book argent and in the base a disk or enigned with five concentric rings and a cross in the middle. Under the shield is a blue ribbon inscribed with the name of the community.
The flag is white with the coat of arms inthe middle. The flag is supposed to be bordered with golden ancient wattle as was on a plutey from the church in Udovicic.
The winged ox is attribute of St. Luke, the patron of Otok. The circlet at the base is the "celestial star", a stone plutey, the only remain from the old Croatian church in Gala near Otok. Today the circles are interpreted to stand for the five villages in the community and their unity in religion. The blue colour of the ribbon is standing for the river Cetina and its tributaries.
The image of the coat of arms is adapted from the web site. The image of the flag is reconstructed from the web site description and coat of arms depiction, probably not very exact and missing the border ornament
Željko Heimer, 23 December 2007

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer,23 December 2007