An early 16th century legend tells of a missionary by the name of Arturo De Silva, who believed in the luck of the red rooster. The young missionary was a handsome fellow with a kind heart and traveled throughout West Texas and the New Mexico territory spreading the good word. After traveling several miles one day, he came upon the settlement of San Juan de Los Cabelleros along the Chama river in northern New Mexico. Weary from his travels, he stopped at an inn called The Meson De Chama.
The inn was owned by a beautiful, but wicked, woman by the name of Alejandra. Upon seeing the young, handsome gentleman walking into the inn, Alejandra instantly fell in love with him. After a good meal and constant attention from Alejandra, the gentle missionary asked for a room. Alejandra, used to having anything she desired, offered her companionship for the night. Being a celibate, the young missionary refused her offer and kindly stated that he had come from afar and was weary and wished only to sleep.
|Alejandra is trying to seduce Arturo....|
The wicked Alejandra waited until midnight to make her way to his room and placed gold coins in the missionary's coat pockets. In the morning, she summoned the authorities and had the young man arrested for stealing her money. The missionary was sentenced to hang by the Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, Juan De Onate.
The night before the hanging, a feast was prepared for the missionary's last meal. He chose a beautiful red rooster to be roasted with all the trimmings and stated that during the course of the meal, the rooster would get up and crow, proving his innocence.
The feast was prepared and upon his sitting at the table, the rooster stood up and crowed. Needless to say, the young missionary was set free and since that time on, the red rooster has been a symbol of good luck. Or, as the Spanish would say, a "Talisman."
The red rooster story, found on internet, inspired me to make this painting.
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