Goats of Poznań

Poznan, Czaro 010.jpgPoznań, square by Kozia Street, Poland (Photo: Gosia Głowacka, 29.11.2013)

According to a folk legend, after the great fire of Poznan the clock for rebuilding the town hall was ordered at the master Bartholomew from Gubin. The city council decided to celebrate this important event pompously. They planned to give a great feast in Poznan, to which outstanding personalities were invited. Because of the load of work before the party, the chef appointed a young kitchen boy Pietrek for supervising the pocess of roasting the leg of deer for the main course of  of the feast. The legs were roasting slowly and Pietrek was curious how the mechanism of the clock does work. The young kitchen boy, unable to wait for the end of the baking decided to briefly leave the roast and just have a short look at the clock.

However, in his absence the roast fell into the fire and burned to charcoal. The terrified kitchen boy ran to a nearby meadow, where the city’s inhabitants grazed their animals. There, he kidnapped two goats and took them to the town hall kitchen. The Goats, however, run away from the boy and fled to the town hall tower cornice. There, in front of the gathered  townspeople, the two small white frightened goats began to butt with their horns. This sight amused the provincial governor and invited guests so much that Pietrek didn’t get any penalty, and the clockmaker got an order to rebuilt the mechanism in that way, that every day it would launch goats built into the clock mechanism. Since that time each day at noon when the trumpet-man is playing the bugle call, two goats are occuring on the town hall tower. Furthermore, the real goats were rescued from being the dish during the party for councilors and townspeople. They pulled them out of the tower and returned them to a poor widow, their true owner.

Today, the Poznań goats still do not voluntarily allow anybody to lead them to the slaughter and show their horns to those, who are trying to enslave them.


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