lunedì 18 gennaio 2010

A journey to Barumini and the Ottana St. Antonio fire day


Today I want to share with you the wonderful journey I spent yesterday!First of all, I went to Barumini, a nice small location in central Sardinia, not too far away from where I live. I first visited  the Nuraxi (nuraghe) ...Why don't you go and find out more about it here and here ?
Su Nuraxi has been declared "world heritage" by UNESCO
 
 Spectacular...
 
History's everywhere!
 
And here, as you can see, a huge fire in the city central square, to celebrate St.Antonio..
 
They say he went down to Hell to take fire  and brought it to humans
 
 They dance around the fire... take ash from the logs,and dirty people's faces with it!!It's real fun!!!
 
 "They" are Merdules, shepherds, accompanied by Boes(representing animals)..another classical character of this beautiful and mysterious carnival..its origins lie far back in the prehistory!
 

 I had a wonderful journey there in Ottana, and I thought I could share with you!I love this carnival,I think it's one of the most beautiful in the world especially because of its meaning!
Hope you enjoyed...and, last but not the least, some interesting links!


Ottana's carnival  -the website is in italian, but you can enjoy looking at the photos!
Boes e Merdules   -again, in italian, but there's allot to see..It's about these two main characters of the carnival!
Barumini  about the city of Barumini, lots of photos and history!


Hope you liked!

7 commenti:

Marilyn ha detto...

That was so interesting! What an amazing celebration.... Thanks for the "trip"!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

~Lavender Dreamer~ ha detto...

How amazing! I want to click on your links to learn more and look at the other blogs! Thank you for sharing! I would love to visit that area some day.....I HOPE I can! ♥

Sage ha detto...

What fantastic pictures! So great for you to share this with us...all now for me ;thank you!
Rita

Carey ha detto...

Hi Annalisa,

I love your pictures. It is so interesting. I was looking at the other sites you linked us to and found other additional sites. The beaches of Sardinia are so beautiful. I read that there is 300hundred days of sun there. Is that true? I saw some pictures of the towns and I love the colors of some of the buildings - pink and orange. How cool. Do you live near the ocean? I love learning about your beautiful island. Have you ever been to the United States?
Carey

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) ha detto...

I love your pics, they are so gorgeous, what an amazing celebration~ Cindy

Merchi ha detto...

Thanks for the trip, Annalisa. I would love to visit Barumini.

Muassss :)

Lori ha detto...

Wow!