Andalusia : Between Dream and Reality

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Andalusia has one of the richest cultural histories of any part of Europe and the varying ethnicities that have shaped and developed this vibrant area of southern Spain has created a mythical land usually found only in children's fairy tales. Grand monuments, palaces, fortresses and castles can be found in every part of Andalusia and it is these glorious relics that give the impression of a mythological wonderland. Legend, myth and timeworn traditions play a large role in Andalusian society, and the history of the province is based on as much fantasy as reality. There are legends that tell of courage, achievements, or crimes, whilst others are based on miracles and visions; and every town, village, and hamlet has plentiful stories to boast. Superstition plays its part also and one will encounter many false notions and old wives tales; most of which are the commonplace fallacies found in all parts of Europe, or variations of them. The average Andalusian displays an excessive wiliness to believe in supernatural influences, and their fascination with the occult is another quality that adds to Andalusia's kaleidoscopic charm. Andalusia's history is a melting pot of legend that has been bejeweled with actual historical events, religious persuasion and superstitious poppycock. Of course, the tales of poets and romantic travelers are woven into this history; all of which reads like an ancient bedtime story.
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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 295g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1975830482
  • 9781975830489