Andalusians may seem to spend more time sitting around in the sun and less in offices than most other Iberians, but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily appreciate so much enlightenment.
I’ve been having another look at Italian winged demons, and via Il diavolo zoppo (see also French avatars such as Alain-René Lesage’s Le Diable boiteux) I arrived at Luis Vélez de Guevara’s 1641 El diablo cojuelo (background). In this tremendous proto-panoptic romance, a devil rewards a student for his liberation from an astrologer’s tube by taking him on his coattails and flying him over Madrid, stripping away with a sweep of his arm roofs and other impediments and revealing the secrets of the living and the dead. (The 1909 and 1948 film versions look interesting.)
Thence to the old debate about whether Lucifer jumped, fell, or was pushed. There’s a terrible pun in José de Valdivielso‘s El peregrino where he plumps for the former, making of Lucifer an Andaluz who is so-called because he said “¡Anda!”, “Away with you!”, to Luz, the Light, and the Light went and he fell into obscurity:
LUZBEL. Pues vamos, que el que hace mal
Siempre la luz aborrece.
DELEITE. Anda, soberbio andaluz,
Que a la Luz “anda” dijiste,
Y ella anduvo y tú caíste,
Donde siempre andas sin luz.
Of course, just because a Castilian poet has his Andalusian choose spiritual darkness doesn’t mean the poor thing should be obliged to put up with a troglodyte material existence as well.
It would be interesting to know if there are any other (Cainite, Iberian) tales locating Hell in Baetica. I think the play itself is interesting for the way it challenges personal privacy, which I don’t think existed generally before the modern age, and which seems to be disappearing again.
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Wood ants descending rapidly en masse from a Quercus ilex on Montseny at the onset of a sharp shower: Having spent several
- “Spain is full of drunks and drug addicts who don’t want to work”
I was talking last night to a Bangladeshi who worked for a few years as an illegal in London, was deported,
Mi primera peli, mi primer álbum y hay una cosa más.
- A new etymology of “fanny”
Fine upstanding gentleman, prepare your great serpent to play the lovely Encarnación’s fandango.
- So is this gypsy witch getting the shop girl to stick the egg in her chichi or what?
Conoci una gitana muy simpatica en mi tienda, a pesar de que nunca las he tragado, congeniamos. Le hice un descuento