Saturday, March 22, 2014

Roosters

Top of cross
Capdenac-le-haut
Ever wonder why you see so many roosters on French things? Weather vanes, dishes, paintings, ceramic figures, door bells, and even the tops of crosses frequently feature the rooster. This rooster is atop of the tall standing cross in the Capdenac-le-haut square. According to Wikipedia, the original connection between roosters and France began in ancient Rome. The Latin word for rooster, gallus, is a homonym for the name the Romans gave the inhabitants of their conquered lands, the Gauls. Thus linked, the rooster began to be seen throughout Gaul. In the Middle Ages, the rooster found its way inside the Church as a symbol of Christianity. It represented the cock that crowed three times as Peter denied Christ and was displayed as a reminder to all to be vigilant for Christ's return and the day of judgment. As France became solidified as a nation, the rooster morphed into a symbol of that solidarity and became a national icon. During the Third Republic, the rooster was featured on the backs of gold francs. It is also seen on many of the thousands of war memorials throughout the country.

And you thought the rooster was just an early morning annoyance!

No comments:

Post a Comment