(1) 빨간바지 요정
피레네 산맥 서부의 바스크 사람들은 빨간바지 요정을 아끼고 사랑한다. 사람들은 요정의 빨간바지만 봐도 행복해 한다. 왜냐, 사람들에게 도움을 주기 때문이다. 사람들이 시키는 건 무조건 다 한다. 사람들이 “그만하라”고 부탁해도 말 안듣는 일벌레다.
일하는 솜씨도 여간 아니다. 똑똑하고, 손 빠르다. 성격도 좋아 아주 명랑하다.
(2) 빨간바지 이순자
이순자가 난데없이 뉴스를 타고 있다. 무슨 인터뷰에서 남편 전두환을 일컬어 "민주주의의 아버지"라고 하셨단다. 이게 웬 똥말인가. 전두환이 "민주주의의 아버지"면 내 똥은 풀무원 청국장이다.
빨간바지는 이순자의 별명이다. 이순자는 1970년대부터 빨간바지 입고 서울 강남 등지의 부동산 투기 현장을 휩쓸었다. 그래서 빨간바지라는 별명이 붙었다. 손 빠르고 부지런한 투기꾼이었다. 사람들이 “그만하라”고 말려도 말 안듣는 부동산벌레였다.
그때 철거민들은 이순자의 빨간바지를 보고 얼마나 많은 피눈물을 흘렸을까. 피레네 산맥 아래쪽 사람들은 빨간바지만 봐도 행복해 하는데, 한국사람들은 어이하여 빨간바지 즐겨 입던 노파의 얼굴만 봐도 경기를 일으키는가.
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Galtxagorriak=red-pants=빨간바지 입고 다니는 요정. In Basque mythology, galtzagorriak, meaning the red-pants, are a type of iratxoak or imps.
인간에게 도움 주는 요정
똑똑하고, 손 빠르고, 명랑한.... 주인이 시키는 건 다 한다. These helpful spirits are quick, sharp, good and playful. Their master must keep them in a small box and these spirits will always be under his orders to help him doing whatever, even when it is nearly impossible. When the little box where they live is opened, they start flying around their master's head asking him, time and time again, what they have to do. They spend the night doing what it was ordered to them and, in the morning, their task is always fulfilled to the joy of their master.
On the night of the 23 June, eve of Saint John's day, if we place a small box on top of a bush, the Galtxagorriak will get inside and we will become their master.
시키실 일 없냐고 하도 물어봐서..... A legend from the village of Kortezubi in the province of Biscay tells that a man bought some Galtxagorriak for some tasks. He opened the box and grave them those tasks and they did as ordered. Later, he grave them another task and they fulfilled it too. After fulfilling the third order, the Galtxagorriak asked their master what they had to do. The man was already tired of the tiny men so he asked them to bring a sieve full of water. As they could not do this task, they left.
According to the legend, a certain peasant who sought a way to do less work, was advised to go to certain shop of Bayonne and buy a box of galtzagorriak. He did that and, when he was back to his farm, he opened the small box. A bunch of little imps with red pants jumped immediately from it asking "what do we do, what do we do?" He immediately put them to work: repair the fence, prepare the land, milk the cows, redo the ceiling... in few minutes the galtzagorriak had done all the jobs and asked again "what do we do now, what do we do now?". The peasant ordered them to do many other things and again the job was done in minutes. But the galtzagorriak kept asking what to do. The more than pleased peasant had to say: "nothing". Frustrated the imps started to undo all the jobs they had done. Eventually, the peasant managed to get them back into their box and, from then on, he decided to do his job by himself
In Zarautz, a farmer who owned some Galtxagorriak took part in an ox race. When he noticed that his rivals' oxes dragged the stones around easily, he took out his Galtxagorriak and asked them for help. That way, his oxes passed the rivals' ones and the farmer won the bet.
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