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Halloween is soon and the city is  full of of monsters, witches and zombies. In Spain, there is a popular expressions about the Meigas, the famed witches of Galicia:

Eu non creo nas meigas, pero habelas hainas

Yo no creo en las brujas, pero haberlas, haylas

I don’t believe in witches, but they exist

But there is a spell to to distance the bad spirits and witches who lie in wait for men and women to try to curse them. Cooking Queimada. It is an alcoholic beverage of Galician tradition. queimada

According to the tradition,  while preparing the punch a spell or incantation is recited, so that special powers are conferred to the Queimada and those drinking it. Then the Queimada is set alight, and slowly burns as more brandy is added.

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