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I've always wondered why so many dynasties, countries and organizations throughout history have used the Double-headed eagle as their emblem.  Is there a connection with them all?  Does anyone know?

Among the many dynasties, countries and organizations throughout history that have used the Double-headed eagle as their emblem here is a few.

Emblem of the Byzantine Empire
http://www.google.ca/search?pq=emblem+of+the+holy+roman+empire&hl=en&cp=30&gs_id=ix&xhr=t&q=emblem+of+the+byzantine+empire&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=930&bih=570&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Emblem of the Holy Roman Empire
http://www.google.ca/search?pq=emblem+of+the+33rd+degree&hl=en&cp=22&gs_id=57&xhr=t&q=emblem+of+the+holy+roman+empire&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=930&bih=570&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Emblem of the Hapsburg Dynasty
http://www.google.ca/search?pq=emblem+of+the+33rd+degree&hl=en&cp=24&gs_id=22&xhr=t&q=emblem+of+the+hapsburg+dynasty&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=930&bih=570&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Emblem of the Russian Czars
http://www.google.ca/search?pq=emblem+of+the+holy+roman+empire&hl=en&cp=23&gs_id=al&xhr=t&q=emblem+of+the+russian+czars&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=930&bih=570&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Emblem of the 33rd degree masons
http://www.google.ca/search?q=emblem+of+the+33rd+degree&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1015&bih=622&sei=mNvKTomXDILm0QGR9rAR

Emblem of the 33rd degree masons?  Is it possible that there is a connection between all of these countries and dynasties, including freemasonry?

This wikipedia page lists many more countries and dynasties that have used the Double-headed eagle as their emblem.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-headed_eagle

Quote:Double-headed eagle

The double-headed eagle is a common symbol in heraldry and vexillology. It is most commonly associated with the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire. In Byzantine heraldry, the heads represent the dual sovereignty of the Emperor (secular and religious) and/or dominance of the Byzantine Emperors over both East and West. In the Holy Roman Empire's heraldry, it represented the Church and the State. Several Eastern European nations adopted it from the Byzantines and continue to use it as their national symbol to this day, the most prominent being Russia.

Origins

Double-headed eagles have been present in imagery for millennia. The two-headed eagle can be found in the archaeological remains[1] of the Sumerian civilization and through the Hittite civilization, dating from a period that ranges from the 20th century BC to the 7th century BC. The Gandaberunda is another example of a myhthological two-headed bird, which is in common use in India

Cylindric seals discovered in Bogazkoy, an old Hittite capital in modern-day Turkey, represent clearly a two-headed eagle with spread wings. The aesthetics of this symmetrical position explains in part the birth of this religious figure: It originally dates from circa 3,800 BC, and was the Sumerian symbol for the god of Lagash, Ninurta son of Enlil. It can also be seen in the same region in three monumental settings: Circa 1,900 BC during the Hittite surge from north-central Anatolia down into Babylonia; in Alacahöyük around 1400 BC and in Yazilikaya before 1250 BC. Here the context looks slightly different and totally religious: The eagle returns to its ancient origins as a symbol of divine power. The two-headed eagle is seen less and less during the last Hittite period (from the 9th century BC to the 7th century BC) and totally disappears after the end of the empire.

The double-headed eagle was also in use by the Arsacid Dynasty of Armenia in the 3rd to 9th centuries.

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Use in Masonry

The Double-Headed Eagle of Lagash [there's no double-headed eagle at Lagash] is used as an emblem by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.[8] There are many meanings attached to this symbol. It has been introduced in France in the early 1760s as the emblem of the Kadosh degree.

Lagash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagash
"Lagash is located northwest of the junction of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and east of Uruk, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) east of the modern town of Ash Shatrah. Lagash was one of the oldest cities of the Ancient Near East. ... Lagash's temple was E-Ninnu, dedicated to the god Ningirsu."

Ninurta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ningirsu
"Ninurta (Nin Ur: Lord of the Earth/Plough) in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology was the god of Lagash, identified with Ningirsu with whom he may always have been identical. In older transliteration the name is rendered Ninib and Ninip, and in early commentary he was sometimes portrayed as a solar deity."   
Yep. The Holy Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Russian Empire were all masonic in origin.  Everyone knows that. 
(11-21-2011, 08:34 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: [ -> ]Yep. The Holy Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Russian Empire were all masonic in origin.  Everyone knows that. 

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I believe the origin of the double-headed eagle in Europe is roman, dating to the period when the empire was split between east and west. Whereas before the roman eagle had just one head, now it had to have two, each looking to its respective cardinal point.

The Holy Roman Empire saw himself as a continuation of the Roman Empire, by the principle of translatio imperii, hence the adoption of the double-headed eagle. The Habsburgs from the 16th century onwards were invariably Holy Roman Emperors so it's only natural that the eagle should find its way into their regalia.

As for the Russians, we all know how they considered Moscow to be the Third Rome, so that explains it too.

As for the Freemasons, I don't know. I'll have to look it up.
(11-21-2011, 08:45 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: [ -> ]I believe the origin of the double-headed eagle in Europe is roman, dating to the period when the empire was split between east and west. Whereas before the roman eagle had just one head, now it had to have two, each looking to its respective cardinal point.

The Holy Roman Empire saw himself as a continuation of the Roman Empire, by the principle of translatio imperii, hence the adoption of the double-headed eagle. The Habsburgs from the 16th century onwards were invariably Holy Roman Emperors so it's only natural that the eagle should find its way into their regalia.

As for the Russians, we all know how they considered Moscow to be the Third Rome, so that explains it too.

As for the Freemasons, I don't know. I'll have to look it up.

The Masons are Satanic and may use it simply as a mocking of the Church and the Roman Empire.
Why do animals in heraldry stick out their tongues and have them be wavy?

That has puzzled me.
actually the double headed eagle was first used by the very first indo European empire.
the Hittites. as can still be seen in ruins of Hattusas. the wiki article is in error when it claims Bogazkoy was a capital. Bogazkoy is a village upon the site of what was hattusas which was the hittite capital. not Bogazkoy. just keepin it real
it was one of their imperial  signs. double headed animals are a fairly large part of Hittite art. which was heavily  influenced by Hurrian motifs and mythology. but it is also found in early neolithic sites such as catal huyak. but not as an imperial  standard as no empires then existed.. the Hittites whom were indo European speaking are the first known to use it and use it widely they did.
sip
it mayhave followed the Etruscans from Asia minor to Italy. the Etruscans while non indo European speaking shared allot of cultural similarity's with the Hittites. and according to Roman tradition Asia minor is were botht he Etruscans were from as well as Aeneas the Pius of Troy.
the fasce is also of Etruscan origin so its not a stretch the double headed eagle r mayhave came to Rome through them. either way the Hittites are the first

sip
as an aside we do the red and say the black cuz thats what the etruscans did to.
sip
(11-21-2011, 09:44 PM)CollegeCatholic Wrote: [ -> ]Why do animals in heraldry stick out their tongues and have them be wavy?

That has puzzled me.

Because sticking your tongue out like that is bad ass.
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(11-21-2011, 09:44 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]actually the double headed eagle was first used by the very first indo European empire.
the Hittites. as can still be seen in ruins of Hattusas. the wiki article is in error when it claims Bogazkoy was a capital. Bogazkoy is a village upon the site of what was hattusas which was the hittite capital. not Bogazkoy. just keepin it real
it was one of their imperial  signs. double headed animals are a fairly large part of Hittite art. which was heavily  influenced by Hurrian motifs and mythology. but it is also found in early neolithic sites such as catal huyak. but not as an imperial  standard as no empires then existed.. the Hittites whom were indo European speaking are the first known to use it and use it widely they did.
sip
it mayhave followed the Etruscans from Asia minor to Italy. the Etruscans while non indo European speaking shared allot of cultural similarity's with the Hittites. and according to Roman tradition Asia minor is were botht he Etruscans were from as well as Aeneas the Pius of Troy.
the fasce is also of Etruscan origin so its not a stretch the double headed eagle r mayhave came to Rome through them. either way the Hittites are the first

sip
as an aside we do the red and say the black cuz thats what the etruscans did to.
sip

Just when I think I've written you off, you go and post something like this.  :thumb:
(11-21-2011, 09:47 PM)rbjmartin Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-21-2011, 09:44 PM)CollegeCatholic Wrote: [ -> ]Why do animals in heraldry stick out their tongues and have them be wavy?

That has puzzled me.

Because sticking your tongue out like that is bad ass.
[Image: A-Maori-performs-a-Haka-002.jpg]

I was hoping there was more to it than bad-assery.  lol
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