This is part of the A-to-Z blog challenge for April. My theme is legends and legendary creatures (both real and fiction). I hope you enjoy following along!
The xana is found in Spain’s Asturian mythology. She is a creature of extraordinary beauty, believed to live in fountains, rivers, waterfalls or forested regions with pure water. She is usually described as small or slender with long blonde or light brown hair, which she fixes with gold or silver combs woven from sun or moonbeams.
Some xanas promise treasures, offering special water to travelers and rewards of gold or silver to those found worthy through some undefined judgment (the classic hero-adventure tale).
Their hypnotic voices can be heard during spring and summer nights. Those who have a pure soul and hear the song will be filled with a sense of peace and love. Those whose souls are not pure will feel they are being suffocated and may be driven insane:
Even if you’re a good person though, beware a xana who has a child. Because she will try to switch her baby for that of a human woman, forcing the human to take care of hers.
Imagine trying to raise that supernatural baby…
I want one of those xana moonbeam hair combs.
I wonder what other sorts of treasures they keep hidden? What treasure would you want?
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