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MARANAO ROYAL FLAG

Yellow color on flags indicates high social status and Royalty.
It is the color of the Sultans.
According to some maranaos existed an old yellow flag with the handle of a kampilan in vertical position placed on the center of the field.

MARANAO WAR FLAG

Red color is a symbol of bravery and violence too; the display of a red flag among the maranao people indicates state of war or murder of some relatives.
In time of war, during the maritime battles, the red flag (called "dopo" in maranao language ) displayed on the prow of a ship means that there are nobles on board ; when it flies on the stern the peoples on the ship are commoners.
In the maranao society the red flag is also used to announce that a baby boy was born, a yellow flag if it is a baby girl.
This kind of rectangular flag is called:"dopo a mariga" ( for male sex) and "dopo a binaning " (for female sex ).

WHITE "DOPO"

The white " dopo " or flag, in Maranao language is traditionally symbol of mourning.
After the first contact with the spanish the white color acquired the meaning of truce or surrender.
At present the white color has both meanings, in Sulu too .

MARANAO RELIGIOUS FLAG

FLAG OF CALAHUI KOTTA (FORT )
Calahui fort displayed war flags in its turn....Surmounted by an immense bird of carved wood, a red flag with a blue border flew in the center of the Fort

From the book : The Gems of the East page 298



MARANAO ROYAL FLAG

According to some oral accounts this flag has the royal colors with the head of a kampilan in the center of it.

SULTAN OF LINUK, ONE OF THE SULTANS OF THE LANAO AREA

Personal Flag of the Sultan of Pitakes, Ranao/ Lanao Lake

MORO LANSA WITH MARANAO PANDI (FLAG )

Kulintang music, title : Duyog

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