Basajaun

Basajaun

About Basajaun

In Basque mythology, Basajaun (plural: basajaunak) is a huge, hairy creature dwelling in the woods who protects flocks of livestock and teaches skills such as agriculture and ironworking to humans.[1] The Basques themselves are an ethnic group which primarily inhabits an area traditionally known as the Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria), a region that is located around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay and straddles parts of north-central Spain and south-western France. Basajuank, and other characters within the Basque mythology, largely did not survive the arrival of Christianity in the Basque Country between the 4th and 12th century AD.