Dare yourself to discover, those mythologic characters who inhabit forests and villages.
“La Güestia” is the most phantasmagoric figure of the asturian superstition which consists of a lost-souls procession; deceased people under white tunics, carrying lighted candles or human bones in their hands and walking in double indian file to visit the houses where seriously ill people lived in order to take them away.
There was also “El Nuberu”, who could be defined as the storms genious. He loads the clouds and decides where to unload them; or “El Diañu Burlón”, an evil character who turns himself into animals or simply invisible, always with a malicious purpose. He sneakes in the houses to watch women get undressed, and cheates the peasants by turning himself into an abandoned child so that their wives breastfeed him; or he turns himself into a stubborn donkey and meets the shepherds in a path when they come back to the village.
Special mention deserve “El Trasgu” and “La Xana” whose legends spread throughout the Shire.
El Trasgu” is a dark, or black, skin domestic dwarft with twisted legs, big long nails who is known for having a hole in the palm of his left hand and for wearing a cap and a red loose shirt. His behaviour can be contradictory; he may help the house inhabitants with the house works and, some others littering, hidding things and eating gluttonly everything he finds in the kitchen. His presence can be troublesome and moving out is not the solution to get rid of him. The most efficient ways to throw him out are:
- to order him to fill in a baskeck with sea water. When “El Trasgu” realises he cannot make it, he goes away feeling ashamed and never comes back again.
- to order him to pick up wheat grains or sand with his left hand, since it would fall down through his hand hole.
“Las Xanas” are Nature ghosts in women´s body and ususally live by the rivers and drinking fountains. They are extremely beautiful and can be seen on the riversides, combing their blonde long hair with golden combs. In the Magic Evening, on June 24th, “Las Xanas” turn themselves visible for those who want to see them and get close to the rivers and fountains. They will find the “Xana” seated on a rock singing and holding gold thread skein that would give to the one who ask for it, and would promise great treasures if he unspins the skein without breaking the thread; but if it breaks he will be punished to death with cruelty taking him to the bottom of the waters.
Asturian culture is rich in superstitions and mythology. Prominent among the misterious inhabitants of our forests is “El Cuélebre”, one of the most misterious characters of the asturian mythology, with the appearance of a huge serpent with terrible claws and lives in a cave