The Folklore Of Sardinia: 10 Famous Features 0 Comments
Sardinian folklore represents the important bond that Sardinians have with their culture and tradition. The proud preservation of their language and traditional customs, religious and popular festivals, music, dances and songs prove their fondness for tradition. Here are some of the many gems of the Sardinian folklore.
- Singers of Sardinia - Today the voices of these poets, the "tenores", can be heard at the village. The emotion that is felt while listening to these songs, to these rhythmic melodies is greater for those who - lucky - are acquainted with the Sardinian dialects and therefore understand the whole universe told in those sounds.
- Sardinian Language And Music - Music, which belongs to all peoples, each with its own techniques and sounds different from one another, gives a clear understanding of the cultural heritage of the people who created it. Vice versa, to understand the culture of a people you must study their music, and through music, you can access the language.
- The Tempio Pausania Carnival - The narrative of the story is that His Majesty King George celebrates his marriage with the daring commoner Mannena, who will give the king a son to be King Giorgio for the carnival of the following year. For six days King George is acclaimed, revered and respected, but on Mardi Gras, judged guilty of representing all the evils of the town, he is put under trial and burned in the public square.
- Christmas & New Year's Eve in Sardinia - Without television, mobile phones and computers the pleasure of the family was based on the stories of the oldest and on collective games such as the tombola "sa tombula", all pervaded with laughter and a good time, waiting for midnight Mass, in Sardinian "Sa Miss'è Puddu", or the "mass of the first cockcrow", where they all participated together.
- Orosei: Saint Anthony Abate's Bonfire - On January 16 the Feast of St. Anthony of the Fire is celebrated, one of the festivals of strong collective and ritual meaning, beginning on the Epiphany morning with harvesting the wood that, in January 16th afternoon, will take the form of an impressive woodpile with on top a large cross made of oranges.
- S'Intrumpa: The Gherradores Sardinian Wrestling - The Sardinian fight, or S'Istrumpa, is a very ancient form of wrestling, perhaps the oldest of sports, handed down for millennia, from generation to generation, as evidenced by the bronzes of the Uta wrestlers dating back to the Nuragic period.
- "Sa Paradura": Safety In Numbers - In total contradiction to today's competition aimed at obtaining the first places, the ritual of Sa Paradura recovers ethical and supportive conduct that should exist in any civil community, that is, by helping those in difficulty one helps himself.
- Oristano's Sartiglia: An Historic Equestrian Competition - The Sartiglia is not just Carnival, it is not only perpetuating the medieval jousts with intrepid horsemen. The Sartiglia is the memory, it is the cultural heritage passed on for hundreds of years. In Oristano, it is an event lived with passion since the days of the Giudicato d'Arborea, where the pagan rituals coexist and mix with the Christian ceremonies.
- Alluai! Fishing With Euphorbia Juice - Alluai, literally spurging, means to fish with the euphorbia juice. S'alluadori, the spurger, eradicates a big bundle of seedlings of euphorbia, using the roots, in the quantity necessary to the volume of water to alluai, to drug; experience consents that the quantity of lua used doesn’t impair the edibility of the fish.
- Sa Ramadura: Sardinian Roads Paved In Flowers - Sa Ramadura means a road paved with a carpet of rose petals for the feast of the Patron Saint, obtaining a feast for the eyes, a magnificent colourful and fragrant result
Written by Daniela Toti
Photo credits Laura Mor - Liras village in a festivity day