February 14th, 2009 by sabrina
The Xanas are Asturian water nymphs. Short beautiful women with long blonde hair, they live in fountains or near rivers and streams in Asturias in the north of Spain. They can be either good or evil, depending on whether the person they appear to is good or evil themselves. When appearing to a good person, the Xanas sing songs that bring peace to the heart and often reward the person with great treasure. When appearing to an evil person, the song of the Xanas can cause madness. The myth of the Xanas is preserved in place names in Asturias, such as the Desfiladero de las Xanas, a limestone canyon carved by the river of the same name.
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