“A central concept in Basque identity is belonging, not only to the Basque people but to a house, known in the Basque language as etxea. (…)”
Even today, some Basques recall their origins by introducing themselves to a compatriot from the same region not by their family name, by the name of their house, a building which may have vanished centuries ago. The founders may have vanished, the family name may disappear, but the name of the house endures. ‘But the house of my father will endure,’ wrote the twentieth-century poet Gabriel Aresti.«
Mark Kurlansky, The Basque History of the World
LA CASA DE MI PADRE de Gabriel Aresti , 1963
la casa de mi padre.
Contra los lobos,
contra la sequía,
contra la usura,
contra la justicia,
de mi padre.
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