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Vyzuonos (Utena, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 22 December 2009

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Vyzuonos (Utena District) - on a green field a silver pale (green-silver-green 1-2-1) with a green grass-snake having a golden ear and black tongue. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with golden rope, finial is a golden lance head with golden bands. The charge is canting: "vyzas" means "grass-snake" in the local dialect of Lithuanian. It also reflects the semi-legendary fact that Vyzuonos was the site of an ancient pagan sanctuary dedicated to the grass-snake, which is one of the most sacred animals for Lithuanians. The head of the ancient idol of the grass-snake can be seen in the wall of Vyzuonos church even now.
Virginijus Misiunas, 22 December 2009