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Opatovice (Czech Republic)

Prerov okres, Olomoucky kraj

Last modified: 2012-03-31 by andrew weeks
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[Opatovice municipality flag] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 1 Sep 2001
flag adopted 29 Mar 1995 See also:

Opatovice municipality flag

Image after Petr Exner's Vexilologický Lexikon prapory obcí Čr (1995) - Opatovice, Preřov district, Olomouc region - adopted 29 Mar 1995.
Jarig Bakker, 29 Sep 2004

The flail (from Latin "flagellum", "a whip"; in French, "fléau") was a main agricultural tool before the invention of the threshing machine. Wild wheats and their relative are self-threshing, but domesticated wheats are no longer. This prevents grain loss before and, mostly, during harvest, but requires a specific threshing tool.

Given the importance of agriculture in the past and the importance of flails in agriculture, I am surprised to see flails shown on so few flags. The only example we seem to have on the FOTW website is Opatovice (Czech Republic).
Ivan Sache, 15 Oct 2007

Opatovice Coat of Arms

[Opatovice Coat of Arms] image from this site, located by Jarig Bakker; 8 Sep 2001