I became interested as I prepared for “Pre-history to 1700” Basque history class. I read the work of Basque anthropologist Julio Caro Baroja, who has done extensive research on Basque legends, and superstitions. I have investigated the Logrono witchcraft trials which focused on the Gipuzkoan town of Zugarramurdi. When I was in Donosti I visited Zugarramurdi and took pictures of the cave where a “Black Mass” is supposed to have happened. The presentation is open to anyone interested in Basque pre-historic legends, Basque spirituality, the Spanish Inquisition or Basque studies in general. Although this seems a somewhat bizarre chapter in Basque history, it has reverberations for other witch hunts like Salem, Massachusetts, the Red Scare in America, etc. It turned out that the witchcraft trials in Logroño were fueled by mass hysteria and superstitions.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already hooked!
- Why don’t you mind your own business, please?
- Happy Monday ;)