Spain…Once Again

Historic Festival in Prado del Rey–Part I


prado del rey

My daughter and her flamenco teacher performed at Prado del Rey’s 250th year celebration.  Prado del Rey is one of the pueblos blancos (white towns) in Andalusia.

Prado street 2      Prado street

These towns are incredibly charming.  The whole populace of Prado del Rey turned out to commemorate its early days by dressing up in period costume.  Around the plaza they erected little booths or casetas where they cooked on campfires.

caseta 1caseta 2


Soon after we arrived, a large group of locals performed a play.  As best I could tell it involved a problem about a young man and woman who wanted to marry.  There were two priests and some gentlemen dressed in possibly 18th century clothing, as well as lots of peasants on the stage.

play 1

view from Prado

The weather was sunny, but chilly, with drifting clouds casting colder shadows.  Luckily I’d brought my hoodie, so I stayed fairly warm.  The flamenco performance was scheduled to start at 7 pm, and, to our surprise, it was almost on time.

More about Prado del Rey:

The roots of Prado del Rey can be traced to the Roman city of Iptuci, now a fascinating archaeological site, declared a Site of Cultural Interest. It confirms the presence of human settlements in this area from Neolithic times until the 15th
Century. It enjoyed its period of greatest splendour during Roman times, especially during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D., although the Phoenicians had already exploited the salt flats in the surrounding area, near Cabeza de Hortales. Its most noteworthy monuments are the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish Church and the old Farm Cooperative building, whose structure is still intact. Traditional local dishes include chickpea and pepper ratatouille and delicious French toast with honey, not forgetting, of course, the famous “Mosto de Pajarete” white wine.

Faerie Lore

The Origins of Faeries


Where did faeries come from? One theory suggests that they were the Tribes of the Goddess Danu, or Tuatha de Danaan, a seafaring people who lived near the Aegean Sea. The Danaans were a magical race, and adept at blacksmithing. Invaders drove them northward, out of Greece, and eventually they arrived in Ireland.

The legend says that the Danaans came to Ireland on a ship of dark clouds. They brought with them three treasures: the stone of destiny, the spear of Lugh, and the sword of Nuada (Light).

More than two centuries later, when the Milesians invaded, the Danaans retreated into the hills and mounds (sidhe). They made their homes in raths (circular enclosures surrounded by an earthen wall), invisible to human eyes.

Thus, the Danaans became the faery folk of Ireland, also called “aes sidhe” the people of the mounds, or the “grey ones.”