Basque tales 11

Basque tales

Here are various tales Basque : The son Muruguena, the stone of Roland, Basa Jaun and the saw

Basque tales

The son Muruguena

A son of House Muruguena (Beasain) saw a very beautiful woman on the threshold of an underground shelter and married her.

They had seven children, all boys. One day the husband took it into his head to have them baptized at the village church.

He put them in a cart and tied their mother to it with ropes.

They left, in the direction of the church. Along the way, Mari surrounded himself with flames, burned his bonds, jumped on a rock, near Muruguena, left the imprint of a foot there, and ended up flying to Muru while saying:
“Zazpi semeak zerurako, ni Muru'ako; Murugena ez da sekulan eri edo maki gabe izango ”.
“The seven sons for heaven, I for Muru; in Muruguena there will be neither sick nor penguin lacking ”.

Roland's stone

King Charlemagne went to war with the Spaniards, and Roland, whom we always regard as another Samson, accompanied him.

They arrived at the foot of the Pyrenees.

So Roland, with the intention of intimidating the enemies and making known his strength far away, wanted to attempt an extraordinary blow. He climbed the Madeleine - it is a small mountain near Tardets (Soule) - seized an enormous block and prepared to throw it over the Pyrenees, in the middle of the first villages of Spain. Unfortunately, as he brought his arm forward, his foot slipped across the wet ground, dampening the force of the blow.

The stone fell below the Pyrenees, instead of crossing them. But she still went twelve kilometers from the Madeleine, as far as the side of the Anthoule, where she has remained ever since.

And you will still be able to see on the block the deep traces of Roland's hand, which one recognizes well not to have been dug by any instrument.

Basa Jaun and the saw

The Basa Jaun made saws in his workshop.
San Martinico could not do it, for lack of a model. Wanting to know the secret, he instructed his servant to announce throughout the village that he, San Martinico, had made the saw.
Hearing this, the Basa-Jaun asked him:

"Has your master seen the chestnut leaf!" "
"No, he hasn't seen her, but now he's going to look at her!" », Answered the servant who immediately reported the news to San Martinico.
The latter indeed saw this serrated sheet, so he fashioned an iron blade of the same style.

At night, the Basa Jaun came to the workshop of San Martinico to see if indeed the latter had succeeded in making a saw. When he saw one, he twisted the teeth alternately, one after the other, thinking that they would make it unusable. But in doing so, on the contrary, he improved the tool and the saws that San Martinico made maneuvered easily in the beautiful window biting their teeth.

On the other hand those of Basa Jaun did not have this advantage, he had not invented it. This is how the saw spread throughout the world.