ALSO KNOWN AS:
Basajaun; Homme de Bouc (French: literally “Goat Man”)
Basa-Jaun lives high in the caves and forests of the Pyrenees between France and Spain. He enjoys the company of shepherds. At night, at least in the old days, he would join them at their fire, drink, eat, and talk with them. In exchange for politeness and generosity, he protects goats and sheep. Basa-Jaun is a trickster who enjoys pranks and practical jokes but is also credited as a primordial teacher, the one who first taught local people agricultural and iron-working skills. He is in Mari’s entourage.
He may be a shape-shifter; descriptions vary. He is compared to a faun or satyr, a horned goat-man spirit. Others describe him as resembling a Dwarf or brownie.
He likes simple shepherd’s food, especially dairy products: cheese, clotted milk. Offer him a strong drink: he probably won’t refuse.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.