The lamiñak at the Utsalea bridge

Some two or three hundred years ago, the Lamiñak, it is said, had a home in Saint-Pée, under the Utsalea bridge. But, no matter how hard you look, no one could know anything about this retreat. Once, however, it is said, one of these Lamiñak was going to die. His companions knew very well that his hour had come; and, inevitably, he could absolutely not pass away, without a human being - who was not a Lamiña - having come to see him and recited before him a prayer, however small!

laminak at utsalea bridge

Laminak at Utsalea Bridge

The Lamiñak had a friend in Gaazetchea; one of them went to his side: By grace, you will come to our house!… One of our companions is very ill, and he will not be able to breathe his last breath until you have seen him and you haven't said a little prayer for him. You will have a good salary: a sum of fifty francs, without counting a few shows.

Fifty francs were not easy to earn at the time… Gaazetchea's wife therefore resolves to the expedition, and come what may!…

As they both walked towards the Utsalea bridge, the Lamiña said to his companion:
- "If you happen to hear any noise, just now, while you are leaving our house, do not look back, please! Always go your way, straight ahead. Without it, you will lose your gift, and you will not even have suspected it ”.
- " It's good. I'm certainly not going to look back! "

So here they are near the Utsalea bridge. They had to cross, to get into the house. The Lamiña hits the water with its stick, and, immediately, the wave divides into two parts. They both pass; and once again the Lamiña hits the water with its wand, which immediately resumes its place. The woman enters the house; she says a prayer in front of the expiring Lamiña and is about to go out. But the Lamiñak did not hear her go away like this, without having recovered at all: She would have a bite to eat at least!

They therefore serve him a very good meal; and then, in addition to a sum of fifty francs, they give him a gold snuffbox. Delighted, she therefore returned home. Suddenly, hearing some noise, she turns her head… Farewell! Without even realizing it, she loses… her golden snuffbox! Still with her Lamiña, she arrives at the water's edge. As before, the Lamina takes his wand and strikes. But this time the water did not divide. He strikes again; but, again quite unnecessarily.

From then on, the Lamiña knew why the water did not divide; but he did not dare to open up to his companion. One last time, he strikes with the wand… And the water to remain still! The Lamiña then said to the woman:
- "You must have, on you, something small of us that you have accidentally taken?" "

She wants to cover up and responds:
- "I don't think so, Madame Lamiña! ... unless it is some pin ... She searches herself and says: No, no, I can't find anything".
- "However, I cannot divide the water! ... And therefore, if you do not say your theft, here we are for a moment!" "

And the good woman to say then:
- "All I have on me is a tiny bit of your bread that I took from the corner of my handkerchief, in order to show at home how white it is". (It was, they say, more even than snow.)
- "It's something that can happen to anyone ... But we can't take anything from home." That is why you will give me this bread back, I beg you, no one will ever see anything of what belongs to us ”.

The good woman therefore gives him the bread back, and the baguette has barely touched the water when the water immediately opens up and is put away. At the same time also the Lamiña vanished ...

The poor wife of Gaazetchea, that night, gained from having made her trip for nothing, because, while she was coming back, the fifty francs also melted in her pocket! This is why, even today, we do not know exactly what the Lamiñak are, nor what they are, nor what they feed on, nor in which dwellings they live.