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  Breton flag (Gwen-ha-Du)
by Mikebond

The Breton flag is called Gwen-ha-Du ("White and Black"). It was created in 1925, so it is very recent. The eleven ermines refer to the kings and the dukes who governed independent Breizh. The strips represent the nine ancient bishoprics. The five black strips symbolize the dioceses of gallo (French) language: Dol, Nantes, Rennes, St-Malo and St-Brieuc; the four white strips symbolize the Breton-speaking, or bretonnantes, dioceses of Trégor, Léon, Cornouaille and Vannes.
When you go to Bretagne, you will realize that Gwen-ha-Du is much more than a regional flag: it is the symbol of the Breton identity and reminds that Breizh has nothing to do with France, to which it belongs only from the administrative point of view.
Thanks to Jean-Louis (VT JLBG) who has written me about the meaning of the strips, which I have also found in the sites below.

Website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/alain.liscoet/drapeau.htm, http://crehangec.free.fr/bret.htm

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  • Updated May 1, 2006
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