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24/09/2012

The most popular spell in Spain

Spain is magic, but not only in a figurative sense. In the 21st-century there is a spell that is still being cast in Galicia: “Mouchos, coruxas, sapos e bruxas”. These words give us the most popular spell in Spain which is cast before the fire of a spirit-based drink: queimada.

Many speak of its Celtic roots, and everybody attributes it healing properties, but the fact is that the form and ritual of queimada is much more recent. In the 1950s in Galicia it was very common to wash down dinners with spirits. Variants were gradually brought in, such as sugar and coffee beans. The mystic component came in with the burning of the drink and the blue flames inspired different verses of protection against witches and daemons.

A more or less uniform version of the spell has come down to our days. Many think that it is anonymous, but Mariano Marcos Abalo is prepared to argue and defend his position. This 75-year old Galician appears as the creator of this spell by all those who know it. He cast it for the first time at a festival of floral games in Vigo port. Some years later, Marcos began to stage the ritual at a discotheque in the area and, at the same time, a printer’s in Vigo began to sell copies of the spell. All of this was done without authorisation and without mentioning the author, which made people think that it was anonymous. In 2001, Mariano Marcos registered the intellectual property of his verses. He hasn’t earned a lot of money with them, but he has protected several generations from Galician witches and has made this country a little more magic.
 

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