Reahûs (Dutch: Roodkerk), village in Littenseradiel, Fryslân
province. It was a village in Hennaarderadeel,
until 1956 a hamlet under Easterein (Oosterend) village. Population (1958):
235; (1974): 168. It is a Roman Catholic enclave in a predominantly Protestant
environment. The origin of Reahûs was a farm with a roof of red tiles;
since 1639 it is named as a stage (statie) in Roman Catholic processions
(from St. Jacobiparochi to Santiago de Compostella?).
Reahûs coat of arms: in silver a blue cross, over all a red house in the
form of a farmhouse; in chief green with a turned golden chevron.
Flag: white with a blue cross, and a red hoist-triangle.
The blue cross refers to the Roman Catholic religion, and the Frisian
farmhouse (stjelp) to the original farm. The chief refers to the
road, named Slachtedyk, north of the village. The golden chevron
symbolizes the lock of the "Sânleanster syl" in the Slachte.
In the flag the roof of the farmhouse (seen in front) has been placed
in the hoist, connected to the blue cross on the arms.
Design: J.C. Terluin and R.J. Broersma, members of the Fryske Rie foar
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2001.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 6 Sep 2003
I guess Reahûs/Roodhuis means red house. (Correct (ed.))
A "statie" would be a station during a procession, by analogy with
the Stations of the Cross. I believe a trip from Frisland to Galicia would
be call a pilgrimage rather than a procession.
There is a Corpus Christi procession every year in my neighborhood,
but pilgrims would most probably go to Lourdes.
A procession is usually a one-day ceremony with stations and altars
of repose (provisory altars dressed up to receive the Holy Sacrament during
the Corpus Christi procession, for instance).
Of course, Roodhuis could also have been a stage on a pilgrimage, too.
Ivan Sache, 7 Sep 2003
Reahûs coat of arms
from Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.