• Religious ideas and beliefs Religious ideas and beliefs

    Not only have the Mallorcan mountains been considered a place steeped in energy and spirituality by writers and artists, even in a context with an inclination towards introspection as can be seen in some neo-Classical and Romantic poems. The different cultures that settled on the island of Mallorca over the years have attributed a sacred character to certain places or inhabitants of the area, venerating the forces of nature and erecting buildings to perform their religious practices. Although we [...]

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Traditional know-how and techniques

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Villages and towns, estates and paths in the Tramuntana were opportunities for communication and the interchange of products, ideas and knowledge.

One of the most valuable treasures of the Tramuntana areas is its dry-stone construction work. This building technique, used since time immemorial, is clearly linked to a group of local craftsmen, who over the centuries have passed on their techniques, materials, learning processes and specialist vocabulary to extend areas of farmland, improve harvests, prevent damage and utilize the water this area receives in such an irregular fashion.

The inhabitants of the Tramuntana area also benefited from an extensive cultural background - transmitted orally from generation to generation and enriched through experience and collaboration - relating to agricultural and livestock processes and techniques, as well as knowledge of how to use natural resources (wood, snow, charcoal, lime, game, fishing and sailing, gathering resources, minerals, and stone). Processing techniques (salting, drying, storage) were also transmitted in a fundamentally oral manner, as were agricultural processing methods in oil mills, other mills, and wineries, together with knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants.

Regrettably, the decline of farming and the disappearance of the last labourers who carried out these tasks threaten to relegate this extensive area of age-old knowledge to obscurity. It is essential that it be preserved and documented so that it can be made known to future generations.