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Motatan (Trujillo, Venezuela)

Municipio Motatán

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by Pascal Gross, 27 May 2004

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The flag and Coat of Arms of Motatán are at <>.
Pablo Acosta Rios, 26 September 2002

The Flag - Attributes and Semiology: Consists in a field with approximated ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length divided horizontally in three stripes with equal size: brown (superior), white (center) and green (inferior) Completes the design the Coat of Arms of the Municipality on the center of the white stripe and three five-pointed and white stars: one on the center of the brown stripe and two on the green stripe.
The brown stripe symbolizes:
a. The majestic "El Conquistado" (something like "The Conquered") Hill and the depression of the grounds of the locality which form a great valley: geographic characteristic by which is known  the town next to the Motatán river basins.
b. The ancient roots, beliefs and legend of Timotocuica ethnic group: Indians with cinnamon skin, first inhabitants of the Municipality.
c. The culture represented by the wood and the leather resounding on the Drums of the San Benito (Saint Benedict) cult.
d. The fertility and wealth of locality grounds where not only occur great harvests but also exist natural resources of high importance like the thermal waters, diverse minerals and reserves, as much of petroleum as of natural gas.
The white stripe represents:
a. The purity of the Immaculate Conception, Matron of the Municipality and the devotion for Saint Benedict of Palermo, symbol of faith and peace.
b. The progress and the transformation that has obtained the Municipality in the last years.
c. The signature of its Act of Foundation on 1801 and its elevation to Autonomous Municipality on 1989.
d. The constance and the effort of the Motatanensian for construct a better future every day.
The green stripe symbolizes:
a. The Agriculture, the extensive channels to the Motatán river creek and the pinneaple camp bet in the El Conquistado Hill which join to other headings give faith of a town with great agricultural potential.
b. The re-born of the town and the hope of its people.

The Municipal Coat of Arms alludes to to the identity and greatness of the locality. The stars remembers the three Parishes which integrate the Municipality and its continuous progress.

Historical Synthesis: In occasion of the Bicentennial of Motatán, its Municipal Council organized on year 2001 a contest destined to create the Municipal Symbols, where was winning the Project of Flag presented by Angel Catherine Uzcátegui Rondón.
Coat of Arms: Consist in an oval field filled in Or and divided per fess, the chief per pale. The Dexter Quarter of the Chief enameled in Or (yellow) shows a landscape integrated by a terrace on which runs a river crossed by a bridge, everything in its colors. The Sinister Quarter of the Chief, enameled in Azure (blue) presents another landscape in which appears a current of water origined from a mountain with a valley on its feet where rises a city, everything in its colors. The Quarter of the Base enameled in Gules (red) shows a radiating image of Saint Benedict flowing from an industrial center accompanied at the dexter by three drums, everything in its colors. Complements the designt a diminished fess in Gules (red) that loads the inscription "MUNICIPIO MOTATÁN" in golden capital gothic letters. As external ornaments, the blazon presents a five-pointed star in Or as crest and as supports a pennant striped in Or (yellow), Azure (blue) and Gules (red) to the dexter that contains the ephemeris "2 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1801 (September 2nd, 1801)  in golden Old English letters  enrolled on the strip in Azure (blue) and in whose base appears a pinneaple whilst at the sinister appears a sugar cane stem in its color, all jointed under the base by means of a pennant in Gules (red) that shows as mottoes the following inscriptions in Old English letters: . "EDO.TRUJILLO" in Or at the center; "STIMAT-USTATE-AN" in Sable (black) to the dexter and "SOY LA PUERTA DE LOS TIMOTES" (something like "I'm the door of the Timotes' Land")  in Sable (black) to the sinister.
Semiology: On the First Quarter appears Motatán river in a dusk running on the fertile ground of the locality, crossed by the bridge that has gotten to constitute modern and already classic symbol of the entrance of the Municipality. On the Second Quarter is represented a dawn  where rebounds the so called "El  Conquistado" (Something like "The Conquered") Hill: natural ridge which limits the territories of the Municipality where are originated the thermal springs of "El Baño" ("The Bath") that with their sulfurated waters cover the local topography satiating the thirst of their inhabitants and those of another regions of Venezuela; on the one hand and by the other, appears the fertile Motatán valley where raises the Capital City of the Municipality, represented by its Modern boulevard. The Third Quarter remembers three landmarks of the Municipal culture: the figure of "San Benito" (Saint Benedict), symbol of the Christian faith and heap of the Motatanensian people; the facade of the Motatán Sugar Central, icon par excellence of the mighty and industrial development of the locality, and the three emblematic drums of the so called "Chimbanguele de San Benito", ancient cultural expression of the town and that forms part of its tradition. The denomination of the Municipality on the diminished fess rebounds its identity and values. The star symbolizes the locality: its people, its culture and its fight for the permanence and development of the Motatanensian gentilitious on the Trujillian geography. The tricolor pennant alludes to the deep Venezuelanity of the Municipality and the ephemeris alludes to itsr elevation to the category of ecclesiastical Parish. The pinneaple and sugar cane remembers the fertility and the diversity of the agricultural products that produces the locality. The pennant in Gules emphasizes the sense of property to Trujillo State and the phrase that is read "stmoustateán" in cuicas native language joint with its equivalence to Spanish reminds the origin of the name which honored the Municipality.
Historical Synthesis: Created on 1990 by Mr. Luís Bencomo, was redesigned by Arq. Eduardo Zambrano as a result of a contest organized by the Municipal Council on 2001 destined to create the Municipal Symbols in  occasion of the Bicentennial of Motatán.
Sources: Web Site Motatá <>.
Raul Orta, 26 May 2004

Coat of Arms

from <>, located by Pablo Acosta Rios, 26 September 2002