Raven: A Journal of Vexillology

Volume 21, 2014

Dean Thomas
Pages 95-115

Flags and Emblems of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Vexillidolatry in its Purest Form

This Driver Award-winning paper examines the use of vexillidolatry—the reverence of flags—in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The author demonstrates the deeply-held reverence to DPRK flags—national, political, and military—which North Koreans hold. This is not the result of political pressure, but more the result of the people’s view of the national flag as a symbol of independence and their strong and widely-displayed patriotism.