Being a pub it made sense to hold special occasions at the Pelican. Like a wedding and a birthday party, or a gig. At each special occasion a startling revelation occurs, a secret is shared or a lie was told.
Most certainly, the Pelican is the place for important dialogue, conflict not to mention the live jazz music on a Friday night. Although several scenes of significance happen to my characters outside its walls - outside London, or England even - somehow or other, they all find themselves back at The Pelican.
I just plucked the name out of the air as a working name for my pub but decided to look into the myths, legends, religious connotations and history surrounding the pelican to see if it suited the pub itself. (Although I'm already sure the name will stick).
- In Ancient Egypt the pelican or henet is depicted in relation to funerals for protection against snakes in the afterlife and is also scene as a goddess.
- In an old myth by the Murri people of Australia, the pelican was once all black. He daubed himself in white to seek revenge on the woman he fell in love with but who ran away from him after he saved her life. Another pelican killed him for looking so strange and pelicans have been black and white since.
- The Moche people of ancient Peru were lovers of animals and often depicted the pelican in their art.
- In Christianity the pelican became the Passion of Jesus and the Eucharist because of the female's attentiveness to their young - to the point of drawing her own blood to feed her offpsring if food was scarce.
- Pelicans are featured extensively in heraldry in relation to Christianity. Amongst many emblems where the pelican is featured, Corpus Christi Colleges in both Oxford and Cambridge Universities use the pelican in their coat of arms.