Izenaduba Basoa

Last week, we learned about Basque mythology, and its importance in Basque culture. When I was looking further into it, I discovered that there is a mythology-themed park in Mungia, near Bilbao. Its name is Izenaduba Basoa and the website is here: http://www.izenaduba.com/.

The park includes the charcoal burner Olentzero’s house, where children can go to play games and learn lessons about mythology. There are also a number of outdoor activities, like playgrounds and mazes. Children can see Mari’s cave, a witches’ garden, and statues of different mythological characters. It looks like a very fun and educational experience!

Image: some pictures of the park. Top left: playground with sculpture of Tartalo, bottom left: mythological statues (possibly Jentilak?), right: sculpture of Lamiak.
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2 Responses to Izenaduba Basoa

  1. cesndrs2 says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I think it would be a great idea to have these kinds of parks in the US too. As we were discussing last week in class, there is not much uniformity in the way that we teach American mythology. Having a park like this one, maybe with sections that pay homage to the different cultures we have in the US, would be a great way to promote cultural education and integrate children into cultural traditions. Hopefully if I ever travel to the Basque Country I can see a park such as this one!

  2. danielenriquecarballal says:

    Wow, those look like so much fun! I can imagine a kid becoming interested in mythology at this park and creating new stories as they interact with the characters, which is a vital part of keeping the mythology. The statues are playful and very inviting, and the only American equivalent I can even think of is a putt-putt course. Thanks for sharing!

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