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The legend of the Rooster of Barcelos

"Galo de Barcelos" legend narrates the miraculous intervention of a dead cock in the proof of the innocence of a man wrongly accused.


By medieval times, a crime happened in Barcelos that very worried the population, still more for not knowing who did it.

One day a Galician was passing, wandering along the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. The stranger became the prime suspect. No one knew him, and it was too coincidental that crime happened when he passed by

Not calling to the pilgrim, who said he was only walking the Path in payment of a promise, he was immediately accused, convicted, and finally condemned..

On the day of the gallow, the pilgrim requested the presence of a judge. Despite his distrust, he was favored. As soon as he had him at a distance from his voice, he said to the judge: It is as certain that I am innocent, as it is certain that this cock crows when I am hanged. And he pointed to a roast rooster that was on a table, ready to be turned into a meal. The people laughed at absurd size.

However, by the time the Galician was being hanged, the cock came to life, singing loudly ahead of the judge. This, who saw in the absolute improbability of such an act a sign of the innocence of the accused, ran to the gallows and avoided the hanging

He was then released, pursuing his demand, and fulfilling the Way of Santiago.



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