According to inquisition records dating around the early to mid 1600's, Witchcraft in the Basque regions was more of a handed down Tradition then "devil recruitment" common in the Celtic/brythonic lands during such. It is said that Witchcraft is handed down through families, often initiation taking place in early adolescence by the childs parents.
The Basque witches are reported to "worship" Mari and "The Devil" however those of us who may follow a more "Pagan-oriented" Trad Craft are all to familiar with the image of a Goat with a candle between the horns. it is interesting because the He-Goat was often seen as being the image of the God of the Basque Witches or Sorginak as they are called. In fact the term for Sabbat translates as "meadow of the he-goat."
What else is interesting is that Witches are reported to have been "marked by the devil" with a thorn, this mark would be a badge of the Witch forever.
Toads feature prominently within Basque witch lore, often being the familiar of choice, it has been noted that each Witch on their day of initiation into the witch cult was given a toad familiar and an ungent made from toads (The toad secrets an alkaloid through its skin).
I will post more on this as I am about to run out the door but interesting eh?
Edited by Grimr, 17 June 2009 - 12:01 AM.