Barcelos Coccalel-Portuguese Resident

But if you’ve thought about it once or twice before and like to read the answers to random thoughts you’ve never thought of again, this is an article for you.

I have lived in Lisbon for nearly 10 years and grew up in the countryside of the Algarve region. Obviously, there are many differences between the two places, and the one I notice most is the morning. Every time I visit the Algarve, I know I am there. Because in the countryside, the morning starts around 5 am, which is when the cokerel begins to sing. But why do they cry? And how do they know when to cry?

Like us humans, animals have a circadian rhythm that determines their behavior day and night. You may have heard the phrase “early birds catch insects”. Now, Kokerel’s internal clock helps him predict the sunrise, so he can get off to a good start in the morning hunt to look for food and mark his territory. His crow is his way of letting other Kokerel know that their territory belongs to him and they are looking for a fight if they trespass.

In the past, Greek mythology was used as a means of explaining the world we live in and the environment surrounding us. It also includes a legendary story about why Kokerel crows in the morning.

Legend has it that Aphrodite had a relationship with Ares, the god of war. Ales placed a young soldier named Alexander outside his room to continue guarding, fearing that their case would be revealed. However, during the night, a guard fell asleep on the clock, and Helios (the sun god) learned about the incident the next morning. Ares was furious and transformed him into a rooster and punished his soldiers. And now, as the sun rises every morning, he begins to cry in an attempt to warn Ares of the arrival of the sun god.

Portuguese folklore also has a traditional medieval story about the Kokerel crow. The most famous national symbol in Portugal is Barcelos Kokerel. If you’ve lived in the UK, you probably recognize Barcelos Kokerel as the Nando’s logo. This is a chain of restaurants famous for peri-peri chicken.

Tablecloth Barcelos Kokerel

According to the story, robbers took place in the northern city of Barcelos, who mistakenly accused pilgrims who had just passed through the city of crime. The pilgrims pleaded for his innocence and stated that he was only pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela as part of what he promised. However, despite alleging his innocence, he was arrested and hanged.

In his final attempt to save his life, he asked to be taken to a judge who passed the sentence. His last wish came true, and authorities took him to the house of the judge who was hosting the banquet at the time. After the pilgrims could not sue for innocence again, they pointed to the roasted coquerel at the banquet table, saying, “I’m sure I’m innocent. When they hang me, that cokerel will cry.” I cried. Everyone at the banquet laughed, but the judge still set aside the roasted coccalel.

As the pilgrims promised, as soon as they were hanged, the roasted coccalell stood up and began to squeal. Overwhelmed by guilt, the judge rushed to the gallows to stop it. Miraculously, when he arrived, the pilgrim was still alive due to insufficient knots broken during the act. He was soon released and allowed to continue his pilgrimage.

A few years later, he is said to have returned to Barcelos to sculpt the Cruzeiro dosenor dogaro. This is equivalent to the “Cross of the Lord of Coccalell”. The cross is outside the Barcelos Archaeological Museum, and the sculptures on its surface tell the story of pilgrims and roosters.

When the first clay cokerel was exhibited since the popular Portuguese art in Geneva in 1935, the image of Barcelos cokerel became a symbol of Portugal and appeared in souvenirs and promotional materials. From the 1950s to the 1960s, it officially became a symbol of national tourism and the status of the town of Barcelos increased.

Barcelos Kokerel symbolizes faith, justice and good luck and embodies the famous love of Portuguese life. Now, when I wake up to the rooster outside at 5am, I’m grateful and happy to be alive, even if someone warns me that I’m ready to fight when I enter my territory. ..

To Ja Costa Owen

Jay recently graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. Jay’s interest is to explore new cultures through photography and the myths, legends and history that define it. Barcelos Coccalel-Portuguese Resident

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