Route 7

The oral culture of the Plain

Majorca in its own words

“To know the true history of Majorca’s collective soul, don’t dig through archives covered in dust and moths, but rather bath, immerse yourself in its folklore,” says Rafel Ginard, one of the greatest compilers of the island’s oral literature. His work recovered and conserved 20,000 traditional songs and rhymes, and in these we find the distillation of the land’s identity and history. The traditional songbook gives shape and substance to this walk through the heart of Majorca, the region of the Plain: a rural setting, scattered with small towns and villages who still uphold the island’s own voice, its language, its culture and its traditions. The walk takes us from Sant Joan, Ginard’s home town, to Algaida, through landscapes praised with a full range of sentiments: criticism, comedy, love, description…

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