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Once upon a time there was a wild man in Wjelsryp, who was very much
feared. Even his own wife was afraid of him, because he beat her often.
When was about to return one time she was so afraid that she simulated
a grave illness. The priest was even called, who was about to help her
when the wild man entered the house, and said: "What's going on here?"
He pulled the box with wafers out of the priest's hand and threw it on
the floor. In the darkness the priest was unable to find them again, but
suddenly on each holy wafer was a small illuminating six-pointed star,
so that he could easily collect all.
The punishment for this evil deed was that storms and floods hit the region around Wjelsryp. The wild man repented his evil deeds and went on a crusade. And on the place where the wafers were thrown on the ground a church was built devoted to St. Ursula.
On the dark floor the wafers couldn't be seen. The lighting star illuminated
the rim of the wafer. A wafer is round and white. Gold on silver (yellow
on white) is not allowed in heraldry, so the star had to be on a blue field.
The disk with star symbolizes the foundation of the medieval villagechurch. In the base of the shield is a golden fleur-de-lis, derived from the arms of the Galama family. Otto Galesz van Galama, from a very noble family of southwest Fryslân, owned a lot in the village, and was buried in the church in 1586. His tombstone is in the churchspire.
The clovers symbolize the agricultural character of the village. There is mixed farming, but cattle-breeding prevails. Red was chosen to have a fresh and warm element against the "cold" white and blue colors.
The flag shows the same elements as the Coat of Arms.
Design: J.C. Terluin.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2000.
Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.