The Duke of Austria and His Bloody Belt

Today, storytelling has become just another buzzword. But if we look past the social media fluff, telling stories is really one of the most beautiful traits humans possess.

Stories live along with our symbols, rituals, and beliefs. One of my favorites is the legend behind the Austrian flag.

Once up on a time, the Duke of Austria came home from battle covered in blood. His surcoat (originally white) and his sword belt were all red. When he took off his belt, a white stripe appeared. He was so struck by the symbolic power of red and white that he decided to use it as his banner.

Photos by Philipp Haderer

Photos by Philipp Haderer