5. THE BIRDS AND THE TOTEM


Fig. 20 SEVEN COLLINEAR DOTS

Fig. 21 HATCHING BIRD

FIG. 22 The totem, Ciocul Căluşului
The flag bearer is pointing to the right and there are also 21 birds heading to the right and 2 heading to the left. The birds are not scattered randomly in the main field of the flag but perform a movement into 3 steps (outside wares---on the ramus---inside the wares). The birds stands outside the goblets of bottom row, on the branches in the middle row and inside the goblets of the top row. All birds are represented with open wings, excepting one Fig. 14, which is represented with no legs and no wings, suggesting hatching and placed above a tilted staff. The tilted representation symbolize its top hierarchical position among the group of 8 staves therefore over the group of căluşari.
On the top the tilted staff there is a row of 3 small goblets and a bird above goblets represented without legs and wings which suggest the bird is hatching Fig. 14, Fig. 21. The 3 small goblets represent her eggs, therefore the hatching bird symbolize birth and regeneration. Bellow the tilted staff there is an ornithomorphic figure, with two open wings in the shape of a triangle pointed downwards, and a tail Fig. 14, Fig. 20, Fig. 22.
The rhomboid head and color palette of this representation suggest its connection with the group of the iele, rather to the căluşari. The tilted staff is connected with the vertical axis of the flag by seven collinear dots Fig. 20. The collinear dots are the representation of collective unity, and the imaginary line they generate intersect the ornithomorphic figure between his head and his open wings. To sum up, the representation from Fig. 22 :

i. has animal features (the open wings and tail like a bird);
ii. is endowed with birth and regeneration features (the hatching bird and her eggs);
iii. is placed on top hierarchical position (the tilted staff);
iv. keep a collective unity over group (the seven collinear points) therefore it is the totem, Ciocul Căluşului.