Posted by Donna MacMeans Jun 23 2012, 12:35 am in coat of arms, Donna MacMeans, Games of Thrones, kamon, mon, The Casanova Code
No – Not THAT kind of sign!
I’ve been reading the GAME OF THRONES series. It’s the set of books that inspired the HBO series which is a fantasy set in a medieval-like society. One of the facets of the books that I love is that every noble family (and there’s a ton of noble familes) has a banner with their sigil (think coat of arms) upon it. The sigils could be anything from a wolf’s head, to a fish, to an acorn. I think one of the reasons I’m enjoying these emblems of membership so much is that I encountered the same thing while researching Japanese erotica for THE CASANOVA CODE (you knew I’d work that in somewhere, didn’t you ? )
I learned the Japanese had something called a kamon, or mon, which would be used to show membership to a particular group or family. Just as the various families in Game of Thrones would wear their particular sigil on their clothes, so would the Japanese invoke a unique symbol encased in roundel or circle in their clothes. Think this sounds very medieval-ish? Perhaps you recognize these modern kamons:
So this got me thinking. What if we all had a unique kamon that would identify our interests or family. While I’m tempted to suggest a kamon of books encased in a circle – I think that particular symbol might suggest we’re all relatives!
So maybe we need something more unique.
I think my kamon would be a peacock feather in a circle. Something like this. Or maybe this - (Of course the corset would have to be in a circle. Can you imagine that on a crest of arms riding into battle? )
How about you – what would you use as a sigil?
Of course, I do mention kamons in THE CASANOVA CODE, so it’s only appropriate that I give a copy away to someone leaving a comment. And if you’ve been watching or reading Game of Thrones – we can always chat about that as well. So, what’s your sign?