Discover the legend of The Drac, a totemic animal of La Salvetat
A drunkard fisherman of Salvetat went fishing one day in the reserve of Prieur. But instead of catching some juicy trout, it was he who was carried away by his net. Falling in the water, he found himself face to face with a monstrous trout, that is to say, The Drac himself, who in his cave overcame the fisherman and prepared to devour him. But the fisherman promised to give Drac one of his three daughters in marriage, if he were spared. On his return home, the fisherman asked if his daughters were willing to devote themselves in this way. The two eldest reacted as if their father were mad, and it was the youngest who agreed. So Drac came to pay a nocturnal visit, which was followed by many more, and the young girl seemed very happy. But her sisters, curious, stood guard one night at the door of her room, and what they saw left them speechless. On arrival, the horrible beast transformed into a splendid knight, and won the bed of their sister, who was waiting impatiently, and at cockcrow, it disappeared. Mortified with jealousy, the two women went to the priest who decided to exorcise both the house and the river. As a result, the river-water began to boil, and the young lover plunged into the Agout to be united with her Drac and to die with him. But the pair escaped into a cave, from which a source of the river arose. And, as a miracle never arrives alone, The Drac found that the enchantment cast upon him had expired, and that he had permanently regained his human form. He was able to marry the woman he loved, and they both lived happily thereafter and had many children.
We can still identify the river source that sprang from the cave where the two lovers took refuge. It flows from a fountain called ‘fount das novis’ (the fiancée’s fountain), located near the ‘Capelo du Bau’ at the foot of a bench. Its flow is very light, but its water has an amazing virtue: young people who drink it marry, they say, within a year.