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JAFFNA

Arms (crest) of Jaffna

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms show the very typical Palmyra palm, an important tree for the local economy at the time. A Tamil poem describes the 801 uses of the tree... The helmet was also used by the city of Jaffna and indicates that these cities were of high importance to the colony (after Colombo).

The above image dates from a manuscript dating from 1717/1720. The town currently does not use arms.


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Literature : Silva, de and Beumer, Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796, 1988.