Death in Muraelaga: Funerary Ritual in a Spanish Basque Village

Death in Muraelaga: Funerary Ritual in a Spanish Basque Village

Death in Muraelaga: Funerary Ritual in a Spanish Basque Village

Death in Muraelaga: Funerary Ritual in a Spanish Basque Village

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The Basques of southern France and northern Spain have long had the reputation of being the "mystery" people of Europe. This stems from the fact that they are demonstrably unique within the broader panorama of European cultures and ethnic groups--a conclusion based upon the findings of physical anthropologists and linguists.

The physical anthropologists rest their case on the evidence of blood typology. They find that the Basques have a lower incidence of blood type B and a higher incidence of blood type O than any other European group. Furthermore, the Basques are found to have the highest incidence of the Rh-negative blood factor of any ethnic group in the world.

For several generations professional and amateur linguists have attempted to demonstrate an affinity between Basque and other languages. At one time or another they have postulated similarities between Basque and such disparate languages as Ancient Egyptian, Berber, Japanese, and Iroquois. Less inhibited theorists have suggested that Basque was the original human language spoken in the Garden of Eden or that it was the vernacular on the lost continent of Atlantis. Currently, linguistic research is focused upon the pos-

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