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The Legend of Barcelos Cockerel
This tale dates back to the 14th century and, like all legends, the details differ depending on whos doing the telling.
Here's our version: A pilgrim was passing through the village of Barcelos in Portugal when he was wrongly accused of theft. This was a serious charge for which a guilty verdict meant death.
The pilgrim was brought before the towns judge, who was about to eat a roast cockerel for his dinner. Feeling vulnerable in a strange village, and knowing what his sorry fate might be, the pilgrim pleaded "If I am innocent, may that cockerel get up and crow!" No sooner had he spoken, than the cockerel got up and crowed heartily (well it is a legend) with that, the pilgrim was released and went on his way.
The Barcelos cockerel has, to this day, been the symbol of Faith, Justice and Good Fortune.
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