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Galegos (Santa Maria) Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Galegos (Santa Maria), Concelho de Barcelos, Distrito de Braga

Last modified: 2016-05-28 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Galegos (Santa Maria) commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, two roosters of Barcelos respectant Or, combed and armed Gules, in base a fountain Argent pouring water of the same. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "GALEGOS - STA. MARIA".
Although these two words, "galego" (= "Galician") and "galo" (= "rooster") have very different etyms, they are unavoidingly similar and prone to be subjected to folk etymology. The legend that forms the base for this iconic rendition of sunrise calling poultry is featuring a Galician, too; I think that these arms draw on this pun, rather than creating it. Look here for more details.
Sources: here and here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2016 and António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 May 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 7 January 2010
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2016

Presentation of Galegos (Santa Maria)

Galegos (Santa Maria), or Santa Maria dos Galegos, Commune is one of the 61 communes of Barcelos Municipality; it had 2987 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 4.6 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2016

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