Despite the fact that myths have accompanied us since time immemorial, we must recognize that over the years they have been falling into ignorance, either due to the implausibility of their stories or because of their lack of practicality in modern times.
However, it is time for us to break a spear in favor of those fantastic stories and their supernatural creatures that fascinated us so much as children.
We remind you that myths are fanciful narratives about events of a supernatural nature and starring extraordinary beings such as gods, heroes or monsters.
Traditionally they were used to explain phenomena of nature that occurred, as a clarification to understand the world around us.
And, if Spanish mythology is characterized by something, it is because of its wealth of stories and mythological characters, both unique to certain regions of the peninsula and others more common to different cultures around the world.
Northern Spain: cradle of the great myths
Coincidentally, the Spanish regions that concentrate a greater number of stories mythological are those of the north as Catalonia, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. It is probably due to the mysticism that its lush landscapes give off, which can make anyone's imagination fly.
While in Catalonia we have cases like that of ghost of "Comte Arnau" or the evil one demon dog "Dip" that fed on the blood of people; in Asturian and Cantabrian mythology characters such as “Nuberu"Able to control time, or"The caballucos del diablu" what appear on the night of San Juan to wreak havoc on the mountain people.
In Galicia, however, we find fables about "meigas" (sorceresses) who do good, "goblins”(Goblins) and the like.
On the other hand, in the north of Navarra or in the Basque Country itself, it is common to see the Eguzkilore flower or "sun flower" on the doors of the houses.
This custom has its origin in the myth of “Gaueko”Or god of darkness. It is said that the Basque goddess Amalur, to protect men and women from darkness as they were asked to do because they were tormented by the geniuses of the night, she gave birth to the moon so that the star would illuminate them:
Amalur told them:“My children, you ask for help and I will offer it to you. I will create a luminous being that you will call Ilargi (Moon)".
However, the geniuses continued to chase the men, so they appeared before her again:
- "Amalur, we are very grateful to you because you have given us the mother moon, but we need something more powerful since the geniuses do not stop chasing us."
- "Okay," said Amalur, "I will create an even more luminous being that you will call Eguzki (Sun).
Thus, the sun would light the day and the moon the night.
The sun did serve its purpose, but in the dim glow of the moon, the geniuses continued to chase men, so Amalur created the Eguzkilore flower, so that it was placed at the door of the homes, the beings of the night would believe that it would be the sun, and they would not disturb its inhabitants.
However, and as we mentioned previously, Spain also shares myths with other Spanish-speaking cultures, highlighting in the first place the well-known case of “The coconut”, A character whose origin is located in the Iberian Peninsula and who was used to frighten children who did not want to sleep. It is similar to other characters like "The bogeyman"Or"Bogeyman" in the United Kingdom.
In short, there are many myths that we can find throughout the Spanish geography and that, as you may have seen, have gradually been forgotten.
This does not seem to be the case in mythologies such as the Norse, where its charismatic protagonists have managed to last in time in a better way.
In fact today we can find from movies related to it as it happens with thor, until you find their characters in some online casino gaming platform Spain.
Sadly it seems that we live in times where there is no place for spanish fables. However, here we will continue a few defending and remembering all those myths that enrich and are part of the history of our people.
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