SPAIN: Thunder in the Ravine

The peasants of northwestern Spain tell a legend about Lake Sanabria. At its bottom, they say. lies the village of Villa-verde de Lucerna. It was drowned a long time ago. when Jesus, dressed as a pauper, came begging alms and the villagers turned him away. Only a few women who gave him bread were saved, as well as the oven in which the bread was baked —and the oven survived as a small hermitage on the western shore of the lake near the village of Ribadelago.

One night last week all was quiet in Ribadelago. In the tavern men...

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