The Celtiberian people of the Vacceans, under the pressure of the Visigoths in 100 BC, had settled on the Pyrenean foothills. As their name indicates, they had the cult of the cow, not the cowherd that we think of today, but the sacred cow, with all that this implied as a philosophy. The symbol was adopted by Louis Le Pieux when he erected Béarn as a viscounty. It has remained a sign of wealth, of lively and assured temperament. Bred as purebreds, they now benefit from a conservation program.
The star is a source of light, harmony, and a symbol of the human microcosm (5 branches for 5 senses). It is found on the road to Santiago de Compostela since it is the star that would have indicated the presence of the apostle’s tomb in Galicia, but the star also refers to celebrity. This sign, although extremely common, corresponds well to Laàs…
The ear of corn represents the relationship to the land: it is the main crop of the region. Laàs is also known for its annual Corn Festival, held for the last 15 years at the beginning of October.
The baron’s crown is a reminder of the history of Laàs, erected as a barony in 1610.
This finery affirms dignity and honor.
THE SCALLOP SHELL
The scallop is the symbol of the pilgrimage. The village was formerly crossed by the road to Santiago de Compostela.
They are those of Bearn in general. In heraldry, the blue very often symbolizes water, here the Gave of Oloron which borders Laàs. The element water is both purifying and nourishing.