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Flame The upper part of the Soyombo is a flame. The three branches of the flame stand for the past, present and future and will flourish this three times.  Fire is seen as a symbol of prosperity and to succeed a person.
Sun and Moon These two ancient symbols of Mongolia represent the sky.
The two triangles. They symbolize the shape of a spear and arrow. They are both pointed down to symbolize the defeat of the enemy.
The two "laying" rectangles  are their to stabilize the round figure in between and to make it upright. Round is supposed to contain an unstable spirit. The rectangular shape was to generate honest and right feelings and force within the people of Mongolia to give to their nation.
The round form looks very much like the ying yang symbol. In Mongolia it is explained as two fishes. Fishes are supposed to never close their eyes so they can always be watchful. The fish symbolize the masculine part and female part and thus reproduction.

The two upright rectangles. Their image represents firmness and strength.

For more information on the Soyombo as an alphabet please see

Soyombo is the symbol of the freedom and independence of the Mongolian people. The Soyombo appeared on the flag at different times in Mongolian history. In the 17th century and 1911-1912 it was used. And in 1921 the Mongolians fighting the Manchu emperor put it on their flag. In 1924  during the first conference of the the new Republic of Mongolia it was appointed the Soyombo as part of the national flag. For more information on the Mongolian flag please see the Flags of the World site (

Always spread like fire.
Always shine like the moon and the sun.
Always be sharp like an arrow and a spear.
Always be strong like armor.
Always be strong like a big wall
Always be watchful like fish.
Always be numerous.

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