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"Galo de Barcelos"

galo de Barcelos

A murder had been committed in the Portuguese town of Barcelos.

Who was the criminal? Some stated that on the day of the crime, a Galician was passing through Barcelos on a pilgrimage and various circumstances pointed to his guilt.

The Spaniard declared his innocence but he could present no proof.

He was arrested and then condemned to hang. The poor man continued to plead his innocence to no avail. As a last favour he asked to be brought before the judge again. The judge was dining with some friends and before them all the man again declared his innocence. "There is nothing I can do" replied the judge.

The Spaniard, seeing himself abandoned by man, turned to the Saints of his faith. He cried: "As surely as I stand innocent, so will that rooster crow!"

Everyone laughed. The feast continued, but for some reason the Rooster was not touched. Evening fell and the words of the man still rang in their ears. Suddenly, to the amazement of everybody, the roasted rooster transformed and...... crowed!

The judge and his guests ran to the site of the hanging just in time to save the condemned man. From that day Portugal has a mascot: a gaily painted ceramic "Rooster".

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