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The Rooster and Its Many Faces

The Rooster and Its Many Faces

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The Rooster is traditionally considered to be a favorable sign. 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. He is the only creature of the Chinese zodiac with wings and, as such, is regarded as the messenger that connects the two worlds of heaven and earth.
The Rooster is traditionally considered to be a favorable sign. 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. He is the only creature of the Chinese zodiac with wings and, as such, is regarded as the messenger that connects the two worlds of heaven and earth.

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The Rooster and Its Many Facesby Jen Sullivan
The traditionally considered to be a favorable sign is the Rooster. His crow signals the break of dawn and the beginning of a fresh start, driving away the ghosts and evil spiritsof the night. He is the only creature of the Chinese zodiac with wings and, as such, isregarded as the messenger that connects the two worlds of heaven and earth.Knowledge, military expertise, courage, benevolence and credibility is his five virtues.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. He shares it to show hiscompassion when he finds food and he shows his reliability by never failing to show off on time.Almost every place with a country setting will not be real without an image of a rooster.This avian turns out to be a staple of any country-inspired interior design whether itcomes as a basket, a statue, a wall hanging, a bookend or any decorative item. There ismuch more going on at the back of it while most people would be grateful for it becauseof its rustic and homey charm. There are actually a lot of stories and traditions linkedwith this animal than most would be aware of.In the Bible, the rooster crowed three times when Peter, the apostle, denied Jesus. Itstands for infidelity that signified the beginning of thePassionof Christ but in moderntimes. The animal, often seen on weather vanes atop Churches, is also a traditionalreminder for people to follow the good direction and to be eternally watchful of evilforces. Because of the depth of the rooster's roots in the Christian faith, the international Catholic indoctrination group, Walk to Emmaus, has adopted its colorful image as asymbol of their group's tribute to God's colorful creations.For the Chinese, the rooster is a symbol of good fortune and is one of the twelve zodiacsigns. They believe that the world is filled with positive and negative energies or Yin andYang and the only way for people to live harmoniously is to maintain these two forces in perfect balance. The rooster is considered to be a positive energy which has the ability toinfluence the energies of the world in a positive way in general. Chinese believe theanimal is a sign of fidelity as well as moral fortitude and honesty while for Christians itrepresents Peter'sinfidelity.  There are many other interpretations of the rooster as it is used by various organizationsand 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 anew day. Some say it is highly esteemed by the animal kingdom, including lions, while inItaly, it is highly revered for having saved an entire village from their enemies when itcrowed unceasingly and awakened everyone.

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