Witchy Wednesday: Basque “Witches” in History, Fiction, and Song

In 1610, Basque “witches” were burned at the stake in Logroño, Spain, falsely accused of crimes such as worshiping the devil and making potions to harm enemies or their crops. The victims were posthumously exonerated, yet the supposed crimes of the “witches” have lingered in the imagination.

In this presentation, Dr. Begoña Echeverria from UCR's School of Education will discuss the historical facts about the persecution of Basque “witches” in the early 17th century.

Dr. Echeverria will read excerpts from her novel based on that history, "The Hammer of Witches," and excerpts from her book, “Witches and Wily Women: Saving ‘Noka’ through Basque Folklore and Song." The presentation will conclude with Basque songs about the sorginak—Basque “witches” who may be tricksters, but not handmaidens of the devil.





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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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