The Airón wells in Spain that were believed to connect with the underworld

Caesar Justel

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Airón was a Celtic god, adopted by the Romans, who gave his name to wells, fountains and lagoons that -as it was said- communicate with the underworld. Most of them have shocking legends. Great depth is attributed to them and, it is believed, they are magnetic places that attract men and animals. When something is lost it is said: «Airón fell into the well». And the thing is, whoever did it, never came out.

In ancient times, festivals – and sacrifices – were made in them, throwing coins or votive offerings. Its water was used to spray animals or people and many have mud considered healing. On some, hermitages or churches were built to Christianize the place.

In Spain a hundred Airón place names are known- There are wells, waterfalls or

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