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basque language – onomatopoeias

When our village school in Ituren was officially named the ‘Pulunpa School’ (literally the ‘ding dong’ / ‘ring ring’) school (after our ‘bell-ringing’ carnival personalities the ‘Joaldunak’) I realised that onomatopoeias in the Basque language had a very important role. Here is a fascinating list of the plisti-plasta – kriski-kraska – dinbe-danba Basque onomatopoeias with the help of the 88-year-old Amatxi (grandmother) on the neighbouring farm.
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basque language – onomatopoeias

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Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) on the Ría del Nervión, Bilbao (Vizcaya) (Basque…

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) on the Ría del Nervión, Bilbao (Vizcaya) (Basque Country) today, one of four Lifers for my Spanish List. The others were Rock Pipit x2, Brent Geese x 300+ and the Hudsonian Whimbrel at Santoña which is only the second record for Spain I believe? A great day even though it did not stop raining.



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IN PICS: Bizarre Basque ‘bellringing’ festival

We have just had a wonderful – crazy time in the carnivals of Ituren and Zubieta although the docile sunshine of the day, shining through the coloured streamers of the tunturros (once said to have been the swaddling ribbons taken from babies clothes) set a rather incongruous scene. Usually this day is in the darkness of winter and is associated with rain, storms, wind and snow – and our mountain Mendaur (which oversees the valley) was known for its repetitive lightening strikes and witches covens. The village today is eerily quiet but the Joaldunak will be back to give their blessing at more private village ceremonies at several more dates this year. We will be waiting for them – although new policies are creeping in to protect the authenticity of the ceremonies and people from outside the village are only allowed into some of the Joaldunak banquets in the village hall by personal invitation only. If anyone wants to join us on our home territory a couple of our autumn walking weeks offer a backstage entrance to meet the Joaldunak on the farmsteads of Ituren. www.pyreneanexperience.com

IN PICS: Bizarre Basque ‘bellringing’ festival

The mountain villages of Ituren and Zubieta in Navarra celebrate an ancient Basque tradition with a carnival that involves locals dressing up as fantastical wild beasts and marching through the streets.

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