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Bossoroca, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Bossoroca (6,801 inhabitants in 2018; 15,962 ha) is located 500 km north of Porto Alegre.

Bossoroca is named for the Tupi-Guarani words "iby", "land", and "soroc", "torn", referring to the gullies caused by rain erosion in sandy soils, known in modern Portuguese as "vossorocas". The original name, Boçoroca, was subsequently changed to Bossoroca for the sake of compliance with Portuguese language.

Bossoroca was elevated to the 3rd district of São Luiz Gonzaga by Municipal Law No. 123 promulgated in August 1952.
The municipality of Bossoroca was established by State Law No. 5,058 promulgated on 12 October 1965. Some inhabitants appealed the emancipation, which postponed the inauguration of the new municipality until 4 March 1967.

Bossoroca was the preferred place of the musician Noel Fabrício da Silva, better known as Noel Guarany (1941-1998). Self-taught in Guarani language and music, Guarany often mentioned the town in his songs, mostly related to Gaúcho folklore.
Guarany, who was interred in Bossoroca, is honored in the town by a mausoleum surmounted by a big statue; the musician's archives, including music instruments, letters, photos and documents concealed by the Federal Censorship of the time, are kept in the Town Hall.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020


The flag and arms of Bossoroca is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 369 promulgated on 13 November 1980.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Bossoroca shall have for official colors green, white and yellow, divided by two diagonal, symmetric lines, the green color in the lower part, representing:
I. Green, the greening fields and agriculture;
II. Yellow, the resource supplied by the soil through the rural activities;
III. White, a message of peace sent by the Bossoroca people.

Article 2.
The flag shall have the following features.
I. The flag's width shall be 12 units.
II. The flag's length shall be 18 units.
III. The green color is limited by a diagonal line running from the fifth upper inner unit to the second upper inner unit and to the fifth lower outer unit; the white color is located between the two green and yellow lines, in width five units. - Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Bossoroca is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 231 promulgated on 9 April 1976.

Article 1.
The coat of arms shall have the following characteristics.
The shield shall be of Portuguese shape, divided in three parts; the upper part, vert, charged with a gully brunâtre; the lower parts, or, charged with a tractor and a bovine's head, respectively, the two brunâtre. Beneath the shield a scroll vert inscribed "Bossoroca" in black and the date "12/10/1965". Emerging from the scroll's points and surrounding the shield, on one side a soybean plant leaved vert and fructed or, on the other side wheat spikes or. The shield surmounted by a four-towered crown or.

Article 2.
The colors and charges of the municipal coat of arms have the following meaning.
1. The shield's field vert represents the soil and the fields, as well as aspiration to peace and love among humans.
2. The gully on a background vert recalls the occurrence of an erosion phenomenon provoking deep ditches in the soil, the municipality's namesake.
3. Or represents the soil resources and manpower.
4. The tractor and the bovine's head represent the two main sources of income in Bossoroca: agriculture and cattle-breeding.
5. The soybean plant and the wheat spike represent the municipality's best crops.
6. The four-towered crown or is the heraldic representation of royal capital, municipal seat or community headquarters.ão
Leis Municipais database

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020