The event Autumn in Barbagia 2011 is still on going. From 4 to 6 November, appointment in Mamoiada, a small town of ancient origins counting, nowadays, about 3.000 inhabitants.
As for the other stages of Autumn in Barbagia Cortes Apertas, in Mamoiada you can take wine tasting tours, watch local artisans at work and follow cultural and historical itineraries. The artisans of Mamoiada give a practical demonstration of Mamuthones and Issohadores masks creation, typical scary black faces with pointed nose.
The birth of these masks is lost in the mists of time and the propitiatory and apotropaic origins make them absolutely fascinating. Among the various hypotheses about them, the most likely one wants this costume to be created to thank and ingratiate mother Earth for the fruits that will donate with new crops, scaring away evil spirits.
The masks will perform on the streets of the town of Mamoiada, along with the chorus of popular music and the accordion. Then you can take part to the tasting of typical dishes, with an incursion of Mexican food.
To fully enjoy 3 days of Autumn in Barbagia and plunge in the most fascinating traditions of Sardinia, you can book a or a farmhouse in OlienaBed and Breakfast in Nuoro, both locations are very close to Mamoiada.