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sionnach commented on the word antipelargia
The children of storks care for their feeble and blind parents, carrying them upon their backs, feeding them faithfully: for this reason the gratitude of children toward parents is called antipelargia, stork-gratitude.
A related concept is the Stork’s Law or Lex Ciconaria,
a Roman law which obliged children to maintain their necessitous parents in old age, “in imitation of the stork.�?
January 11, 2009
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