Basajaun

Wildman of Western Europe.

Etymology: Basque, "man of the woods"; from baso ("forest") + jaun ("man").

Variant names: Anxo, Basandere ("woods woman"), Bebrices, Iretges, Mono careto ("ugly ape"), Nonell de la neu (Catalan, "Nonell of the snows"), Peladits ("finger peeler"), Tartalo (cyclops), Torto, Yan del Gel.

Physical description: Height, 6—10 feet. Heavily built. Long head-hair down to the knees.

Behavior: Agile. Protects flocks. Forecasts storms. Wears animal skins. Generally benevolent, though other Basque entities are not. Carries a stick.

Distribution: Basque Country, Spain; the Maladeta Massif, Aragon, Spain; the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain and France.

Significant sightings: Two hairy men, brothers named Iretges, lived long ago in the woods near Bedeilhac-et-Aynat, Ariege Department, France,

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