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Village of San Ġwann (Malta)

Last modified: 2006-03-18 by santiago dotor
Keywords: malta | san ġwann | gwann (san) | st john | lamb: paschal | flag: st. george | book: gospel |
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[Village of San Ġwann (Malta)] 3:5
image by Dirk Schönberger, exported to GIF by António Martins, 28 October 2002

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I believe San Gwann means St John in Maltese, thus the flag is canting as it shows the paschal lamb, a usual attribute of St John the Baptist.

Santiago Dotor, 13 November 2002

Blazon: Gules a paschal lamb Argent holding a flag Argent a cross of the first laying on a book proper.

Željko Heimer, 13 November 2002

Similarly, the coat-of-arms of Puerto Rico —originally named Island of San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico— has the Paschal Lamb sitting over a red Book of Revelations (with seven seals instead of three). The question is, why is the Book of Revelations, [written by St John the Evangelist] associated with St John the Baptist?

Blas Delgado, 19 November 2002