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Moorish legend

in Upper-Aragon

      In the forest of Oza inhabited a Moor woman that had managed to reunite, with certain arts, a great amount of chalices, some cross and other objects of cult. A shepherd of the contours found a day, lost in the mount, one of those chalices. Being a christian faithful, hurried to take it to Siresa, but soon he noticed that was persecuted by the Moor. Running so much he could, arrived at the monastery of San Pedro knowing that there he would find safe refuge, since, for being sacred enclosure, would be free of his pursuer. The Moor woman, infuriated, was transformed into serpent, and giving loose her wrath she gave a phenomenal thrash in one of the pews of the entrance, in which it was recorded the track of its tail.
      The "Forato" (hole) of the Moor woman, of Aquilué, a cavity in the today precipice of the Virgin of the Rivers, conserves the memory of a mysterious Moor who only left her shelter to comb a main lady of the town. Was her work of such perfection, that she was compensated with some gold nuggets.
      About hairdresser is the history of the queen Moor of Rasal also. In the caves that have taken her name, they lived, in contiguous arrangements, a Moor woman and a Moor man sentimentally united. An old woman of Rasal went every day to this place to comb the beautiful hair of the Moor, although never perceived allowance by its task . Until a day, in payment to her wonderful work, that queen of the caves flattered to the old woman with a great flock of cows, that appeared to her backs. Her generous donor noticed to her that she did not watch backwards until the last cow of the herd had entered into the corral, because to do it thus, the flock would disperse and would disappear by the mount.
      The old woman, with great excitation, and accompanied by the uproarious concert of moos and cowbells to her backs, followed the advice, and thus arrived until the stable. She opened the door and began to enter the cows, whose number seemed never to diminish. From such way, that the old hairdesser, astonished of the amount of cattle that entered in corral, forgetting the warning of the Moor, returned the head in an irresistible impulse from curiosity, and at that same moment as much the cows which lacked to enter, like already locked up, dispersed and disappeared as predicted her donor. When she could close the door of the stable, only were there left four animals. The facts happened in "Petrico" House of Rasal.
      The Ibón (mountain lake) de Plan is also known as Basa de la Mora and on its crystalline waters, the clean heart persons, can see, in the morning of the day of San Juan, the transformed spirit of a beautiful Muslim who slides and dances incessantly by the blue surface of the impressive lake or ibón.

     This Moor, goes dressed in most fascinating attire: serpents of the most varied colors in her neck, arms, legs, feet and hands, and that, with the movements of the dance, shine brightly to the sun with the thousand brightness of most precious stones. It`s said that it is the soul of a Moor princess who a day, fleeing of one from so many incidents between Moors and Christians of those distant times, was lost by the peaks of Gistau, and vagues, since then, by those summits and forests. Only in the magical hours in the morning of San Juan is made visible its wandering soul, there, on waters of ibón (mountain lake) or raft, where the clean-heart persons, the pure glances, can contemplate her fantastic dance. The tradition recommends to reach that visionary purity to wash the face in cold and crystalline waters of the lake.
      More altoaragoneses histories speak of enchanted Moors: the queen Moor of Alquézar, that after the taking of the population by the Christians, was captured and maintained imprisoned in a cave (Cave of the Moor); the prisoner Moor Queen of the Cuevas de la Reina, of Santa Eulalia la Mayor, in the zone of Vadiello, now submerged under waters of the marsh; the invisible Moor of the Sena, that tended in a hill the clothes that she washed; the Moor Queen of Belarra, and her ladies - who others turned a witch queen and her companions-, who have made legend her place of seat (the Chair of the Moor), Moors and young moors that left their indelible memory, grottos, sources, lakes and peaks.

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      Like the caves of Chaves and Solencio de Bastarás, that were during long years house of an enchanted Moor. There the shepherds of the contour went to deposit every day a bread and a cruet of water. It was a tribute that demanded the Moor. The bread disappeared and the cruet was daily drained. The night of San Juan the enchanted inhabitant was shown, and if some young and inexpert shepherd was neglected and made the rounds by the neighborhoods, the Moor woman fascinated him with her beauty and introduced him in her hiding place where it`s said that they were married. To the next year exactly, the shepherd died.


J. Dominguez Lasierra  Manuel Tomé * Aragón Legendario, de J. Domínguez Lasierra
* Manuel Tomé Bosqued

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