Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

Last week we had a service in the church in front of the office which was  a sober reminder that Spain is a new democracy and the Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship ended not too long ago.  A crowd began to form and three hearses arrived, each with five or six small coffins aboard.  These coffins measured about three feet by one and contained the remains, now just bones, of a group of men believed to be from Malaga.  They had been driven from there to our village where they had been executed and buried in Antonio’s huerto behind the church.  No-one knows who they were or what their allegiance, although it is assumed they were Republicans.  I took a few photos but in my desire not to be intrusive didn´t focus too well.  But I am sure you will get the essence of this sad affair.  No military funeral with bugles and flags, pomp and circumstance, just a group of inquisitive villagers, some of the older ones almost certainly thinking, “There but for the grace of God, go I,” or as is the case after so many civil wars, “What was that all about?”  Thank goodness that most young Spaniards just can´t imagine how it could have happened and refuse to believe that it could happen again.  Let’s hope they are proved right and this great young democracy continues to grow at the astonishing rate that it has over the last thirty-five years, and that it suffers no more internal (or external) strife.

Civil war burial ceremony

Civil war burial ceremony

Civil war burial ceremony

Civil war burial ceremony

Civil war burial ceremony

Civil war burial ceremony

  1. liz almond
    11:18 am on November 2nd, 2010

    Hi Ron
    Your recent blog sent a shiver down my spine! Were those bones still buried in Antonio’s cortijo when we went to look at it, or did you only find out the details at the ceremony? All very sobering…
    I do think it fitting that the dead from the civil war are honoured in some way to mark their passing – have the little coffins been buried in consecrated ground in the village?
    Hope to see you both in the New Year
    love
    Liz