Paco & Lola Albarino
Spell of Queimada

This was one of the highlights of our time at PACO & LOLA. Tradition is important in all wine-making areas.

The Spell of Queimada

Owls, barn owls, toads and witches.

Demons, goblins and devils, spirits of the misty vales.

Crows, salamanders and midges, charms of the folk healer(ess).

Rotten pierced canes, home of worms and vermin.

Wisps of the Holy Company, evil eye, black witchcraft, scent of the dead, thunder and lightning.

maws of the satyr and foot of the rabbit.

howl of the dog, omen of death. Sinful tongue of the bad woman married to an old man.

Satan and Beelzebub’s Inferno, fire of the burning corpses, will-o’-the-wisp on the night of St Sylvester mutilated bodies of the indecent ones, farts of the infernal asses.

Roar of the enraged sea, of shipwreck omen,

useless belly of the unmarried woman, speech of the cats in heat, dirty turf of the wicked born goat and twisted horn of the billy-goat.

With this pot I will pump the flames of this fire which looks like that from Hell, and witches will be `purified from all their misdeeds.

Some of them will flee riding their brooms, going to bathe in the Finisterre sea.

Hear! Hear the roars They are the witches purifying themselves in these spiritual flames.

And when this beverage goes down our throats, we will get free of the evil of our soul and of any charm.

Forces of air, earth, sea and fire, to you I make this call:
if it’s true that you have more power than people, clean from wrongdoing our land.

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