Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ducati Day

There is a pleasant spot to stop in Monkstown and lingered there for a few photographs. I liked this one of the Ducati Tricolore so I thought this made a useful vehicle to talk about the tricolore flag and the number three! Curiously for a flag that became associated with republicanism, the three colours are, in all likelihood, religious in origin from the three theological of virtues of faith, hope and charity. More correctly, from Corinthians ... and now abideth faith, hope, and love, even these three: but the chiefest of these is love". Importantly, these cannot be achieved by effort - you have to have them anyway. The first tricolore italiano, dates from the Cispadane Republic of 1797, from the banners carried by the Legione Lombarda. The current version is recognised as dating from the end of the Second World War, but is more correctly associated with the Risorgimento. The three parts of all tricolour flags are rooted in symbolism of the three - the first odd number and hence the number of heaven - whereas two is the number of earth. Three is regarded as the perfection of divine unity.