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image by eljko Heimer, 5 June 2007
Bedenica is a community in the Zagreb County, some 50 km
north-east of Zagreb. About 1,500
inhabitants, some 550 in the place of the same name itself.
Bedenica seceeded from the City of Sveti
Ivan Zelina in 1995.
The web site of the community showes a proposal of the Coat of Arms at <bedenica.hr>. The proposal showes azure on a mount vert a fortified church with a belfry argent roofed gules and in sinister a bridge argent under which is flowing in bendwise sinister wavy over the mount a creek azure.
The church shown is the Church of All Saints originating from 13th century heavily fortified in 18th century. The creek is named also Bedenica
In my humble opinion, there is no much chance that this Coat of Arms shall be approvaed by the centra authorities - there is already too many churches on Coat of Arms in Croatia.
eljko Heimer, 15 September 2006
I have received answer to my inquiry from the community mayor
of Bedenica. The design for the Coat of Arms was adopted as shown
there on the last session of the Community Assembly (that must
have been held between 15th and 31th May, when he wrote me) and
got approval from the central state authorities.
The flag is yellow with the Coat of Arms in the middle.
The Coat of Arms is: azure a daffodil proper issuant from the base with two leaves vert and in chief dexter a mullet or and in chief sinister a crescent argent. A daffodil or narcisus is chosen as namesake of the community, although this flower is otherwise known in Croatian as sunovrat or narcis ), bedenica is local name for it (in norther Croatia and also in Slovenia; the Latin name of this partiular type is Narcisus poeticus ; bijeli narcis in Croatian). The explanation of the elements of the Coat of Arms provided for the Assembly recounts how the flower is associated with infernal rituals (due to its connection with narcosis) and the cult of Demetra of Eleusine, and how it is customarly to plant these flowers on graves symbolizing "the stiffness of death that might be only a dream". As the flower raises in the srping on moist placesm, it is also connected with watter symbolic and the rithm of seasons, therefore with the symbolic of fertility - providing interesting ambiguity: death - dream - new life.
As Bedenica parish is dedicated to "All saints" the choice of daffodil is even more prropriate. The star and crescent that fill up the Coat of Arms "annotate the firmaments where these saints reside". The star and cresscent are frequent element in the various Croatian Coat of Arms - state, civic, eclesiatic and family Coat of Arms.
eljko Heimer, 5 June 2007
image by eljko Heimer,
image by eljko Heimer, 15 September 2006