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Mani (Greece)

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[Flag of Mani]

Flag of Mani - Image by Sam Mourtzas, 20 November 2005

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Presentation of Mani

The region called Mani is divided between the districts of Lakonia and Messinia in the southern Peloponnesos.

Chris Orfanakos, 20 December 2002

Description of the flag

The flag of Mani was adopted by the local war chiefs during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829). Its design is a blue cross in the middle of a standard rectangle shaped flag with a white background. Underneath the cross there are three words written in black, ΝΙΚΗ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ (Victory Or Death). This is not the ordinary nationalist "Freedom or Death" motto, since people in Mani were autonomous during the Ottoman era.

The flag is widely used even today, It flies over many towns in the Mani area.

Chris Orfanakos, 20 December 2002

The image contributed by Sam Mourtzas and shown on top of this page slightly differs from the written description given above. The writing reads:

ΝΙΚΗ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ (Victory or Death) above the cross and
ΤΑΝ Ή ΕΠΙ ΤΑΣ ([Either] with or on [the] shield), below the cross.

António Martins & Ivan Sache, 24 November 2005