Jun 27, 2009

flags

If you're a seasoned urbanite you will be used to this jolly flag which can normally be found in the vicinity of anything gay:



Imagine this urbanites' surprise when she came across it in the middle of Cuzco:



I quickly ascertained on that occasion that I had not managed to walk into the middle of a South American gay pride parade (and I was impressed by all the brass they had brought along)...it was explained to me that this flag was derived from the Tawantinsuyu wiphala and is therefore a sign of Inca pride. Read more on the confusion at the BBC. Or go back to TNchicks .

9 comments:

marta said...

Interesting flag and article. Thanks for the background on the flag. Have a great weekend.

Petrus said...

And there was me thinking this flag had something to do with climate change ... !!

Dianne said...

How interesting! : )

srp said...

Beautiful pictures and I would have never known any difference. Thanks for the lesson. My flags are up here.

kaye said...

very interesting post. my photo hunt is here Thanks for stopping by!

CatLadyDiary.com said...

Good Lord Krishna! That is the biggest rainbow Flag I have ever seen...And I'm from Provincetown!

Claudia said...

Yeah, I would have thought that too. Great shot of the crowd and countryside.

☆Willa☆ said...

i love the last photo. simply wonderful!!
My PhotoHunt:Flags

Tara R. said...

Funny how symbols mean different things in different countries, often very different. Lovely shots.