Sulu Sultanate Flags - 5

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RANK FLAG OF THE SULU SULTANATE
Some Commanders of the fleet have flags like this, red was symbols of bravery .
This rank flag at present is in the collections of Bill Combs.The flag is hand sewn and is made of wool. The tag on this flags reads "Moro General's Flag".
At the "Museo Naval de Madrid, Spain there is an identic flag . **

 

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FLAG OF SULU *

This flag , used by moros of Sulu presents some typical elements of the battle flags of the Sultanate , like the five stars and the crossed kris and barung but has been profesionally made, not homemade.
We think it is made after 1916 for his modern style.
The flag is located in U.S.A., until 1986 circa was inside the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion , Governor's Island, New York, at present the flags are in the collections of the United States Army Center of Military History.

 

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SULU WARRIORS

 

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IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI BLACK FLAG

 

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IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI RED FLAGS AND PENNANTS

 

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IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI BLACK PENNANT

According to some reports , in Balangingi none of the vessels flew the flag of the Sulu Sultanate. One of most used was a black flag or a black pennant


.... These vessels left Tawi-Tawi, an island to the south-west of Sooloo, in October. The Sultan of Sooloo is in league with the pirates, and receives part of the plunder and slaves. In the only boat boarded by Captain Brooke was found the Sultan's flag, which is only given to people of high rank; also the usual Illanun flag, six Dutch, and one Spanish flag, which no doubt belonged to vessels they had captured. ....

(Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak)
By Harriette McDougall
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1882.
New York: E. & J. B. Young, 1882.
Chapter XVI. Illanun Pirates

 

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FLAG OF IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI

On an old book of the last century there is a description of another of the flags raised on the boats by moros: "... a black and yellow flag....." .

 

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DETAIL OF THE FORT OF SIPAC, BALANGINGI ISLAND

Detail of the fort of Sipac as shown on a spanish map , we can see the red flag of the Iranuns and Samal Balangingi . 

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"RAVEN FLAG" OF IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI 
According to the oral tradition of the people of Balangingi on the fort of Sipac there was a large red flag with a black raven on it ; the red color was a symbol of courage and the black color symbol of death. 
On another spanish account we can find out the following word who are describing that flag : " El Fuerte (Sipac) guardaba silencio, cada vez mas cercano y terrible, con el solo tremolar de una bandera roja, a cuyo lado colgaba un cuervo muerto: sangre y muerte,querian decir los piratas ".

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IRANUN FLAG
Drawing based on a written accounts

 

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IRANUN FLAG 
Drawing based on a written accounts 

 

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IRANUN OR ILLANUN PENNANT

Drawing based on a written accounts

 

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BOAT OF IRANUN OR ILLANUN PIRATES

 

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THE GARAY, THE TYPICAL BOAT OF THE PIRATES IRANUN AND SAMAL BALANGINGI.

** Flag Image provided by Bill Combs

 

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