El barranco de los negros - The Gully of the Blackmen
AOKs: History, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Arts
Real Life Situation:
Legend surrounds the cave dwellings of Sacramonte. One such legend refers to the expulsion of Muslims from the city. Whilst the city became more and more Christianised, many of the wealthy Muslim inhabitants of the city grew uneasy and wished to flee the city. They wanted to make an escape, but did not want to leave their wealth behind. They ordered their salves (mostly black African) to bury their treasures among the Olive groves of Sacramonte so that the treasure would not slow them down in their escape. The slaves followed these orders and then accompanied the wealthy Moors in leaving Granada. It is said that despite escaping, many Muslims were eventually caught, robbed and murdered. The black slaves, having nowhere else to go, returned to Granada to dig up the treasures of their former masters. However, it was more difficult to remember where the treasure had been buried than they expected. They dug and dug and dug, but nothing was found. All that the ex-slaves had now were holes. These became their homes, and thus started the long and continued tradition of cave dwelling in Sacramonte.
WOKs: Faith, Reason, Language, Intuition, Imagination
First Order Questions:
What avenues does a historian have who wishes to verify the legend of El Barranco?
Do you think the legend sounds plausible?
Second Order Questions:
What role do legends have in the way we understand our cultures?
Do legends have to be true to be of value?
How do legends develop and from where?
Does there have to be a purpose to a legend?