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Many centuries ago in the small town of Barcelos, Portugal, valuable silver was stolen from a rich landowner. There were no suspects so the rich man accused a Galician pilgrim who was passing through town on his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (known as “Caminho de Santiago”). The pilgrim was brought in front of a judge who quickly sentenced him to death by hanging. Before the execution, the man asked to be brought one last time in front of the judge. When they got him to the judge’s house, he was having a banquet with some friends, and the pilgrim pledged his innocence one last time saying something like “it is as certain that I’m innocent as it is certain that the roast rooster you’re eating will crow three times before they hang me”. Still not moved, the judged did ...continue reading