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Catalan mythology: the tale of the Devil's Bridge in Martorell

02 October 2021 08:50 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

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The devil is one of the most popular characters in Catalonia’s legends, often presented as a dangerous figure with magic powers that will try to trick people into selling their souls - but also one that can be easily outsmarted.

A long long time ago, the legend goes, there was a maid who had the arduous task of crossing the river every day to collect water. Fed up one day, she said it would be better to just give it to the devil instead of having to make so many journeys. All of a sudden, a knight appears and offers to build a bridge overnight in exchange for her soul, an offer she accepts.

An important factor of Catalan legends is the fact they often use real-world elements, like a bridge, a mountain with a strange shape, castles, and come up with a story that tells its origins. In other words, the legends explain the world around us.

  • Catalan mythology: the tale of the Devil's Bridge in Martorell