The one about The Cocks In The Algarve

They were everywhere. Literally. And quite impressive looking too! The Portuguese people are so proud of them, they were on display everywhere we went in the Algarve. They had cock shaped fridge magnets, fridge magnets with pictures of cocks, postcards with cocks on them, wine bottle stoppers with cock shaped toppers, photo frames with cocks on them … it was endless! All sizes and colors including black, white, and the occasional blue ;).

Apparently, [this version of the] legend has it that the Portuguese love for cocks originated in the middle ages in Barcelos, then just a small town in the north of Portugal. A pilgrim was on his way to Santiago de Compostela when he got accused of theft, was tried, and found guilty. He still protested that he was innocent and begged to be allowed to plead his case again personally at the Judge’s house. Praying to Saint Jacob for help, he claimed that a grilled cock on the judge’s table would crow to prove his innocence.

As is the way with medieval legends, the cock came to life, crowed, and the fortunate man was released. The Barcelos Cock has become a symbol of faith, justice, and above all, extraordinary good luck and timing!

After seeing all those cocks, I had to make a decision- what souvenir to get for myself, and as gifts for others. It was the shot glass vs. fridge magnet conundrum all over again. This time though, I did know I had to get at least one shot glass as it was a special request from Naijachef. And yes, the shot glass had a picture of a cock on it.

I ended up getting a black cock for myself :P.

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7 comments

  1. Not a gypsy... · January 8, 2016

    Cocks everywhere? Oh my! ;D

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Templegate · January 8, 2016

    Nice one! Kuu igbadun!

    Liked by 1 person

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