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The coat of arms is gules two forks in saltire (arms of noble
family Leskovec z Leskovce/ Leskovec of Leskovec) or between in chief
an escutcheon per fess sable, argent and gules (Arms of noble family
Trcka z Lípy / Trcka of Lipa) and in base an arrow argent in pale, with
piece of cloth argent instead feathers , known as "Zavinutá
strela" ("Folded dart") in Czech and as "Odrowaz" in Polish
"Rub off the beard!". This was the Family Coat of Arms
of the Lords z Dubé (of Dubá). There's a Legend about the Odrowaz, known
in our country and adopted by the Dubá Family too. The Legend says that
a small and weak knight has beaten the big and strong one,
cut him the beard and picked it on his arrow as a trophy.
Aleš Křižan, 13 Dec 2000
Anthropo-ethnologists would surely call that 'ritualized emasculation'
or 'toning down of a bloody legend'. Mythologists would identify ancient
common Indo-European myths (e.g. Zeus and Cronos, Absalom, Samson and Dalila
In a lighter way, there is a silly game in France in which two peoples sit in front of each other very closely, look into each other's eyes and grasp each other's chin with the hand when singing a stoopid song : "I grasp you - You grasp me - By the goatee (beard) - The first of both of us - Who laugh - Shall receive a little tap". The first competitor who laughs is the luser. I always lose the game :-)
Ivan Sache, 17 Dec 2000
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