According to an ancient popular legend, the witches of Alassio, or basure in the local dialect, were beautiful, but all had a peculiarity. The hallmark was a buttock covered with a thick black hair, a characteristic designed to show that their rightful father was none other than the devil. During the stormy nights the witches sailed the Ligurian Sea with their boats pulled by horrible sea snakes until they reached the coasts of North Africa. They returned to the Alassian bay even before dawn, bringing with them bunches of ripe dates, fruits of which they were immensely greedy. The following nights, after a hearty meal, they hid the date stones in the beds of the alassins in order to cause them terrible nightmares.