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Soyombo Symbol

soyombo symbol

The "soyombo" is the national symbol of Mongolia. It was designed in about 1686 AD by the famous Mongolian Zanabazar, who not only was proclaimed to be one of the reincarnated Buddhas but was also a scholar and skilled artisan. The flame at the top has three branches symbolizing the past, present, and future. Immediately below are the sun and moon. The round yin-yang spirit symbol represents harmonious complements, like man and woman, night and day. If viewed as two fish, the symbol represents vigilance, because fish never close their eyes. The two horizontal rectangles bracket the round spirit symbol between them, to give stability to the spirit and to foster honest and right feelings among the people of Mongolia. The two triangles symbolize the tips of the arrow and the spear, pointed downward to show the defeat of the enemy. The two upright rectangles symbolize unity and strength, as walls of a fort, and are based on the Mongolian proverb that "The friendship of two is stronger than stone walls."