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the well of the dead women (Asturias)

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Offline fergus

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« on: May 03, 2010, 14:45 PM »
 This name is quite haunting and at first I thought there would be a story of medioeval cruelty or vampirism at its root, as the region of Asturias is rich in such lore. Then I found out that tdition says the name was given to the place after a group of women seeking shelter from a snow storm spent a few nights in the little valley. They were later found all frozen to death. However the more accurate historical fact is that these regions used to be heavily exploited by Roman invaders, who mined them for gold. In Bable, the old language of Asturias, the words "soft earth",which describe extensions of terrain where gold might be found, sound a lot like "muyeres"which means " women", and because some of such terrain yielded no gold, it was called "mortes" or dead. Hence the name "el pozu de les muyeres muertes" or " the well of the dead women"
 Ther are other fascinating names in those wiild mountains around Cangas del Narcea, like "El pozu de los infiernos" or Hell┬Ęs Pit, and they have those scary names because of scary things that happened there in the past.

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 15:51 PM »
Welcome Fergus and thanks for this unusual introduction.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 08:56 AM »
My pleasure,Nick...The truth is I just realised I posted the message in the wrong section. :banghead:

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 09:07 AM »
Just moved you here
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2010, 15:01 PM »
Great stuff, Fergus!
Thanks for that - and welcome to this great  :sign: forum.
Looking-forward-to-more-stuff-from-me-patria-querida regs.,
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2010, 21:17 PM »
Welcome Fergus to :sign:

"Bable" ........ Fascinating stuff indeed...:) This is an IberioCelt language of the "Astures"... Is that right?...

So, when someone "babbles" on about something.... ???

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010, 19:37 PM »
Bable is a Latiin language like Spanish, Catalan and Galician but I don't know whether it has iberiocelt elements - (which the other three do too)
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