The Zia Sun Symbol is commonly seen around New Mexico, even on their state flag. But where did it come from?
|New Mexico’s state flag, Picture from Wikipedia|
The Zia people are an indigenous tribe, and they currently live on the Zia Pueblo outside of Albuquerque.
The sun is considered a sacred symbol, and the Zia symbol design reflects the tribe’s philosophy of harmony of all things in the universe.
There are four rays in four directions on the Zia Sun Symbol, meant to show the four points on the compass, four seasons of the year, the four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle age, old age), and the four sacred obligations one must develop according to Zia belief (strong body, clear mind, pure spirit, and devotion to the welfare of others).
The state flag of New Mexico (pictured above) has the red Zia on a field of Spanish yellow, symbolizing both parts of the state’s culture and heritage.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these little snippets of New Mexican information! I’ve learned a lot about my new home (though there’s a lot more out there) and I can’t wait to explore my new home state.