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Kloster Einsiedeln, fraction of Einsiedeln commune (Schwyz canton, Switzerland)

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Kloster Einsiedeln

[Flag of Kloster Einsiedeln] image by Pascal Gross

Or two Crows Sable.
Željko Heimer, 23 July 2002

The two ravens depicted on the flag are the ravens of the Venerable Martyr Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine hermit (hermitage = Einsiedelei, whence Einsiedeln). He was killed by robbers seeking to steal the donations of pilgrims. The two ravens attacked the robbers and followed them into the village [city of Zurich]. The people immediately recognized Meinrad's ravens and, sensing something was wrong, arrested the two men who could not stop the ravens from attacking them with loud noises, and Meinrad's body was discovered. St. Meinrad's two beloved ravens have figured prominently in the crest and flag of both Einsiedeln (on the red background) and Kloster Einsiedeln (on a yellow background). [see also Einsiedeln commune]
Alexander Roman, 28 January 2010