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Abasha (Municipality, Georgia)


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Flag and arms of Abasha - Images by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 8 February 2011

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Presentation of Abasha

The municipality of Abasha (28,707 inhabitants in 2002, 6,400 in the town proper) is located in western Georgia, 280 km of Tbilisi.

Ivan Sache, 29 May 2012

Flag of Abasha

The flag and arms of Abasha are prescribed by Decree No. 25, adopted on 26 November 2010 by the Municipal Council.
The symbols were designed by Konsantine Kacharava.

The flag is vertically divided blue-white-green (1:3:1) with a red "Georgian" cross patty in the middle.
The coat of arms is "Per fess, 1. Argent a sword azure ensigned with a cross patty gules, 2a. Azure a Golden Fleece or, 2b. Vert five maize cobs gules surrounded per fess by fesses wavy argent. The shield surmounted by a three-towered mural crown argent fimbriated sable. Under the shield a scroll argent fimbriated sable charged with the name of the town in Georgian capital letters sable."
[ State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia]

One of the most famous myths about the land that we now know as Imeretia is the legend about the golden fleece and the Argonauts' journey. It can be explained by the natural riches of the land, where the precious metal was to be found in abundance. Colchis was an ancient land, nowadays incorporated in Imeretia. It is this land that became the aim for Jason and his companions, who set out to find the golden fleece belonging to a fantastic sheep Chrysomallos. Jason had to win the golden fleece in order to reclaim his right to the throne of Iolkos, maliciously taken away from him by his uncle Pelias. Yet, to win the golden fleece and get back his right to reign, he had to complete several tasks and get over many obstacles. Luckily Jason, with a considerable help of enamoured sorceress Medea, daughter of the king of Colchis, succeeded in his mission and found the fleece. Origins of the golden fleece itself, be it taken literally or as a metaphor, are probably related to the local method of extracting gold. One of them was to fish for golded nuggets in the river: the fleece was first put in the river, and afterwards put out to dry in the sun sun. Finally, it was brushed in order to collect the bits of gold stuck to the fleece.
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Ivan Sache, 8 December 2018