History and Introduction of Flag

History and Introduction of Flag
Flag, piece of cloth, usually bunting or similar light material, plain, colored, or bearing a device, varying in size and shape, but often oblong or square, used as an ensign, standard, or signal or for display and decorative purposes, and generally attached at one edge to a staff or to a halyard by which it may be hoisted.

The historical origin of flags dates back to around 1000 BC, when the Egyptians used primitive versions of flags - some were even made out of wood or metal. Flags were originally used for the purpose of identification or signal to others. Flags have been important symbols on land as well as on sea. Ships started using flags at sea to signal to each other and to harbors. The military made use of flags to rally its troops. In military times, capturing an enemy's flag was considered an honorable seizure. Flags have also been used historically, many with negative consequences. For example, the Nazis used a flag decorated with a swastika. Although flags are still used for many of those reasons today, flags have also come to be used for much more.

In fact, the numerous uses for flags and their examination have become so popular that the practice of 'vexillologya', which means the academic study of flags, has been developed.

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