"The Legend of Kixmi" painted by Roberto Zalbidea is a very touching piece of art. If somebody is in a rush it can be overseen easily, but the one who looks at it feels immediately drawn into the bigger story, that the artist has captured very well in his work: "The legend of the mysterious cloud. One day, in the vicinity of Ataun, a luminous cloud coming from the East appeared in the sky. The Gentiles were frightened. They asked an old man what was the meaning of that omen, and he replied: "Kixmi (Christ) has come. It is the end of our era, throw me down a precipice".
This was done and then, followed by the cloud, they tried to hide themselves beneath a large stone: the refuge turned to be their grave. Traces of this lost world can be found in the prehistory of the Basque people: when ordered chronologically, these traces could offer an idea of some of the most relevant traits of the Basque original religious beliefs. A lot, however, can be reconstructed analyzing the ethnographic data, the rites and the local folklore of the Basque people. ... "
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Gabriele Castagnoli schreibt hier über die Pilgerschaft mit ihrem Mann Sesto G. Castagnoli.