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26.5.2018The barbecue of Cabrit and Bassa
The gruesome story of Guillem Cabrit and Guillem Bassa is one of being roasted alive on the order of Alfonso III.
8.5.2018Trivia And Sin: Modern Troubadours
The mediaeval days Ramon Llull bemoaned changes in musical styles. Critics have been lamenting this ever since, not least those of modern times.
16.1.2018Sant Antoni: Pigs And The French Connection
The Sant Antoni fiestas in January are arguably the most important fiestas of the whole year in Majorca.
24.12.2017The Rivalry Of The Song Of The Sybil
There are different versions of El Cant de la Sibil·la, declared a masterpiece of intangible cultural heritage by Unesco in 2010.
7.12.2017The Legend Of Sineu's Port
Sineu is one of the places in Majorca which lays claim to being the island's geographic centre. As such, and even allowing for changes to Majorca's topography and the land's relationship with the sea, the potential for Sineu having been a sea port seems frankly preposterous.
31.10.2017From Samhain To Dark Night: Halloween
While there are examples of paganism that can be said to survive, albeit highly modified, in certain Majorcan traditions, an acknowledgement of Halloween isn't one of them.
29.10.2017The Evil Count Of Galatzó
The Galatzó finca in Calvia is sometimes referred to as one of the gateways to the Tramuntana mountains. It hides a legend that is engraved into folk tradition.
6.10.2017Ramon Gual, the hero of Valldemossa
The story is of a force of 36 men who faced 400 Turks, who had landed at the Cala d'en Claret in October 1552.
16.9.2017Snow in July: the Vermar tradition
The Vermar is one of Majorca's prestige fiesta and fair occasions. The actual wine fair can seem almost secondary to all that proceeds it: the battle and the competitions.
9.9.2017The Saintly Invention Of Santa Ponsa
Santa Ponsa has the appearance of saintliness, whereas in fact it owes absolutely nothing to any religious aspect.
3.9.2017The Fiesta Which Shouldn't Be
La Beata, Catalina Thomàs, had absolutely no link with Santa Margalida. The procession and the fiesta that now is really had little reason to take place in the town.
24.8.2017David, Goliath and the bigheads of Majorca
There had been caparrot bigheads in the nineteenth century, though the actual evidence isn't great. It is known, however, that dwarf-like characters formed part of the island's folk tale tradition, as did giants. They were mythical protectors of the villages.