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The Rooster – The Many Faces

By Jen Sullivan

The traditionally considered to be a favorable sign is the Rooster. His crow is a sign of the break of dawn and the beginning of a new start, chasing away the ghosts and evil spirits of the night. The only creature of the Chinese zodiac with wings and, per se, is regarded as the messenger that attaches the two worlds of heaven and earth.

He has five virtues: knowledge, military expertise, courage, benevolence and credibility. His crest, `Kwan’, means coronet, and represents the pen, the symbol of knowledge, while his claw symbolizes the sword of military skills. When confronted by an enemy, the courageous Rooster fights till the end without retreat. When he finds food he shares it to show his benevolence and he demonstrates his credibility by never failing to crow on time.

Nearly every place with a country ambiance will not exist without an image of a rooster. This avian turns out to be a staple of any country-inspired interior design whether it comes as a basket, a statue, a wall hanging, a bookend or any decorative item. But while most people would appreciate it because of its rustic and homey charm, there is much more going on behind it. There are actually a lot of stories and traditions linked with this animal than most would be aware of.

The rooster crowed three times when Peter, the apostle, denied Jesus according to the Bible. This signified the beginning of the Passion of Christ but in modern times, it represents infidelity. The animal, often seen on weather vanes atop Churches, is also a traditional reminder for people to follow the good direction and to be eternally watchful of evil forces. Walk to Emmaus, the international Catholic indoctrination group, has adopted its colorful image as a sign of their group’s tribute to God’s colorful creations because of the depth of the rooster’s roots in the Christian faith.

The rooster is a representation of good fortune and is one of the twelve zodiac signs for the Chinese. They think that the world is full with positive and negative energies or Yin and Yang and the only way for people to live harmoniously is to uphold these two forces in perfect balance. The rooster is considered to be a positive energy which has the capacity to influence the overall energies of the world in a positive way. While for Christians, the animal represents Peter’s infidelity, the Chinese believe it is a sign of fidelity as well as moral fortitude and honesty.

There are many other interpretations of the rooster as it is used by various organizations and even nations worldwide. People who dream of it are said to be reminded of life passing by, while the Greeks believed it was how the gods proclaimed their making of a new day. In Italy, it is highly valued for having saved an entire village from their opponents when it crowed constantly and awakened everybody while some say it is highly honored by the animal kingdom, including lions.

Today, we can easily buy different sorts of rooster-inspired decor and it has never been easier to find them. The Internet has certainly played the most important role in keeping the grand traditions after this humble animal alive. Online, we can find various stores dedicated to rooster products which many now believe are far more than their financial worth.

Whether as Christianity or good luck symbols, rooster kitchen decor and other metal rooster items are always a welcome addition to any home that lives on the spirit that is represented by the storied animal.

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