National and historical symbols of Hungary

In this section you can find the crests of almost 2400 settlements of Hungary with notes. Find the starting letter of the settlement in the list and click if you want to see it.

The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Hegyháthodász [¤]
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Hegyháthodász

(Vas County)

The coat of arms of Hegyháthodász can be defined as canting arms (tessera loquens), which are valued high in heraldry. The name of the settlement is represented by the beaver (hód in Hungarian) and the triple mound symbolising the ridge of the hill (hegyhát in Hungarian) where the village is located. The beaver or borne in the triple mound vert symbolises the early history of the settlement, since the first inhabitants were royal beaver hunters.

The principal charge of the coat of arms is the belfry, the village’s distinctive building. In ecclesiastical architecture it represents the steps of rising from the earthly to the divine, whereas the bell in the Eucharist is to signal the coming of Christ. The sound of the bell as the voice of God transmits blessing to the followers of the faith.

The roebucks refer to the wildlife of the region but they also carry a symbolic meaning, which is identical with that of deer. The words of the psalm, "like the deer desires fresh water, so does my soul desire thee, my Lord”, were related to Christendom by the early Christians, hence the interpretation of the deer as a religious symbol. The roebucks flanking the belfry function as guards, thus symbolising the inhabitants, who have kept their religious faith.

The heraldic tinctures and colours carry the following symbolic meanings:

Azure (blue, Jupiter): consistency of principle, perseverance, resistance, trust;

Or (gold; the Sun): intellect, faith, authority, dignity, virtue, morality;

Vert (green, Venus): freedom, love, beauty, eternity, hope.