Sygla or Insignia of the Alexis Project Association
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This project was initiated by Adrian Gheorghe, who was searching for a second Sygla for the Association, to place at the top of documents.
Lilianan Sipeanu, the Manager of the Cultural House of Scaiesti made this second symbol.
It is based on an ancient imperial Roman shield, with the middle changed to a fish. The fish is the Caras, Carassius Carassius. Oltenian people often eat this small fish, known in the area as Juvete, and from this name, Oltenians are also called Juveti.
Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 14th November 2008, carp image from Wikipedia
The Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius) is a member of the family Cyprinidae, which includes many other fish such as the common carp, or the smaller minnows. They inhabit lakes, ponds, and slow-moving rivers throughout Europe and Asia. The crucian is a medium-sized cyprinid, which rarely exceeds a weight of over 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg). They usually have a dark green back, golden sides, and reddish fins, although other colour variations exist. (Text from Wikipedia)
The lightning bolts from the ancient Roman shield were changed to the leek, called here Praz because most people in Oltenia eat this plant, and Oltenia is also known as Praziland. The leek, or Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum (L.), is also sometimes known as Allium porrum.
Finally, the imperial symbols, wings, were changed to a Cobilitza, or yoke, a curved piece of wood used across the shoulders to carry heavy loads.
Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 14th November 2008, Art work by Lilianan Sipeanu.
Alexis Project Filiasi/Romania
RC J/263/230/2007 CIF 21464151