Mamuthones and Issohadores: Carnival in Mamoiada

During the Carnival in Mamoiada, in the province of Nuoro, the streets of this city are traversed by a picturesque procession, composed by two typical masks: the Mamuthones and the Issohadores. Two masks indissolubly linked together.

The mask of Mamuthone (visera in Sardinian language) is totally black, with black sheepskins to cover the body of the person and a long string of cowbells tied on his back. Instead the mask of Issohadore is white (visera crara), with black berritta (the traditional Sardinian cap), red bodice, wide trousers and leather boots.


The popular traditions in Sardinia: the evil eye

Among the folk traditions of Sardinia the medicine is undoubtedly the most particular. And no mention of modern medicine, that we are used today, but superstitions and folk beliefs widely held in the island of Sardinia. Hundreds of people in Sardinia practice healing through rituals that are passed from generation to generation, but only to persons who are considered suitable, and through the use of natural elements. (more…)

The history of the Sardinian language and its origins

The history of the Sardinian language has very ancient origins. It is a neo-latin language that has a linguistic apparatus that dates back to the conquest of the ancient Romans, is in fact a so-called Romance languages ​​because it has been infiltrated by the vulgar Latin that was spoken in the Roman Empire. The Sardinian language is a real heritage that is jealously guarded and handed down because do not lose their origins. The history of the Sardinian language has had an important appointment 15 October 1997 when the Regional Law n.26 recognized the Sardinian language as a second official language of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in order to promote and protect it. (more…)

Autumn in Barbagia 2011: Orune and poetry

Autumn in Barbagia 2011 Orune is dedicated to poetry and its beauty. The poem is like a work of craft, antique and precious, and through poetry you can tell and enhance the traditions that belong to the land of Sardinia by an indissoluble bond. The event will open Friday, December 16 (and will end on 18) with laboratories and documentary films focusing on poetry and the Sardinian language, while in the streets of the village itinerant actors enliven the morning with two shows. (more…)

The ancient tradition of Sardinian carpets

An ancient tradition lost in a time out of mind: Sardinian carpets are part of isle craftsmanship history. Deeply connected with main Sardinia’s farming activities, the big amount of wool at disposal always permitted a great production of craft products such as carpets, since Roman age. Since 1800, Sardinia’s carpet production was a women’s work prerogative due to the fact that carpets were part of the wedding trousseau. The persistence of this tradition preserved the ancient techniques of production for many generations. The wool used for  Sardinian carpets, is the one coming from ovine rather than the goat’s one.  This main raw material is also woven with textile vegetal fibers such as: cotton, linen and hemp. Colors are made from plants of Sardinia since 1900, to complete a cycle of production in which all is natural, starting from the raw materials to end with the tools used (such as the old wooden handloom). The antiquity of this tradition resounds in the decorations chosen for this kind of carpets, taking back to the ancient iconographic symbols . Discovering Sardinian carpets will take you to the main towns in which this wonderful craftsmanship has been developed: Nuoro, Oristano, Olbia.