Joxe Miguel Barandiaran
As I mentioned at the beginning, most of the content of this work originates in the contributions of the learned ethnologist of Ataun, whose studies and collected works on mythology in the Basque Country have been very rich and fruitful. Therefore, to pay him a little homage, we shall offer him a place on this threshold. Joxe Migel Barandiaran was born in Ataun in 1889 and died there in 1991. He did important research work in the anthropology and ethnology sections of the Basque Country, along with other friends. After Gasteiz 's priesthood he went to Paris, Leipzig and Munich to expand and deepen his knowledge of theology and psychology. He was a professor at the Gasteiz Priesthood (1923 – 1936). In 1916, he began conducting ethnographic research and, along with Telesforo Arantzadi and Henry Egee, investigated several Aralaran trippers and fired several scientific articles. He participated in the first Conference of the Exhibition in 1918 and it was from this conference that the ethnological laboratory of the Gasteiz Priesthood was founded. He researched museums in Paris, Colony, Munich, Leipzig and Berlin (1922). He was appointed vicar of the High Priory in 1926 and spent the summer of the following years in the preparation of ethnography and archaeology. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936), he moved north and settled in Sara. He returned in 1953 and participated in many studies, including preparing many students. He was also a collaborator and director of several magazines. He founded the Eusko-Folklore Society in 1920. He was dedicated to the Ethnological Cathedral of the University of Navarre (1964), and was a member of many anthropological, archaeological, cultural, and ethnological associations (1965 – 1991). Barandiaran 's greatest work consists of his studies of prehistoric caves and rudimentary sites, while also writing books such as "Eusko Mitologia" (1924), "The Woman of Euskera" (1934), "Anthropology de la población vasca" (1977), "General History del Pais Vasco" (1980), "Brujería y brujas" (1984). He studied ethnology primarily; he studied the Basque characters, collected them, and preserved them; it became the basis and starting point for his later studies.