Andorra folk illustration serie 🙂
Folk tradition: El ball de la Marratxa 😊💚
I have started with this traditional dance of my town (Sant Julià de Lòria) which represent an emblematic historic event: «els pariatges» which was an agreement between Spain and France that establishes the two powers as equal in the country.
👉Is always danced with 6 girls (who represent the 6 ancient parts of the country) and 2 boys (who represent France and Spain). It is danced in summer, in the traditional festival of the town and when the dance ends, candies🍬 are thrown on the floor and the children go to collect them.
👗About the folk costume: in girl’s dress is represented the Grandalla🌼 (the traditional Andorran flower) and the boy’s hat has the Andorran flag 🙂 I will tell you more things in the next illustrations :)
Folk tradition: The giants of Sant Julià de Lòria 😊💚
Today I want to show you the giants: a big figures between 4 and 5m high carried by a person who makes the giant dance
👉What represents? Usually, the giants represent medieval noble characters. In this case are La Dama Blanca d’Auvinyà and El Rei Moro ( The white Lady from Auvinyà and the Árab King). I will explain better the legend about the white lady, such a cool story of Pyrenean mythology.
🌼About the flowers: the flowers I’ve painted are the Grandalla, the traditional flower of our country which has in their stigma the same colors as our flag (💙💛♥️)
Medieval folk legend: La Dama Blanca d’Auvinyà 😊💚
👉Once upon a time…. 💚
✨There was a beautiful lady who lived in a high tower in Auvinyà and always dressed in white, she was known as the White Lady of Auvinya. She was the daughter of a man who had had the tower built to confront Urgell’s army, which always threatened the freedom and privileges that Andorra had granted. The ladies and lords who habited the tower were known for their spells and witchcraft and were very defenders of the freedom of their land.🔮
At that time there was a very greedy bishop 😈 who came from Urgell and continually forced the people of Andorra to pay taxes to him. The White Lady continually threatened him: – If you continue not to respect the freedom of our people, I will punish you.The story will continue… 🙂
The story will continue… 🙂