Thursday, October 18, 2007

basque country, zagarramurdi caves





After stopping in Elizondo we went to Zagarramurdi, near the French border, to see the caves. In the early 17th century 300 men and women in this area were accused of witchcraft, though only thirty-one were incarcerated. Eleven survived, several died in jail under torture, and six women and 2 men were condemned to be burned at the stake.
The first photo shows the area outside the cave mouth where the witches and wizards supposedly met and held their akelarres.

4 comments:

Karen ~ said...

wow! Are those colors natural? I can see why they thought the area was magical ...

Calandria said...

the colors are actually not natural. they are lights. but it still seems magical. :-)

dave said...

gorgeous pictures as always. thank you for sharing. your persistence in posting these photos inspires me to go back and post more of our family china trip pictures.

anyway, i was just thinking about portrayals of the Church in literature and posted a bit on it, and I know you read a lot so would be interested in any experiences you've had with the same. here were my thoughts. (forgive the touting. what can i say? i'm a tout.)

Calandria said...

thanks, dave. i am persistent only because i want a record of my trip. i'm afraid that if I don't get it all down i'll forget it! also, it's so fun to look back over the photos and remember (even though several months have passed and now it seems like i took that trip years ago).

dave, what is it that you do exactly? i'm not sure i ever figured that out. something that takes you to africa, but what?