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**SARDINIAN CARNIVAL in videos 🎥**

🎭Thread about the most important Sardinian Carnival rituals, but in videos.🎭

📸 CW from top left, Ottana, Mamoiada, Neoneli, Oristano, Lula, Samugheo #Sardinia #Sardegna
Last year, I made some threads regarding Sardinian Carnival masks, but the rituals can really be appreciated only through videos, so here we are.

▪️Mamuthones and Issohadores proceed along the streets of Mamoiada, with the Issohadores (the men) leading the Mamuthones (the animals) into a ritual dance towards their sacrifice.

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**The Institution of the KINGDOM of SARDINIA**

Chronological history and political organisation of the Kingdom of Sardinia (1324-1861) #Sardinia #history

📸 The funeral of Charles V of Habsburg, Holy Roman Emperor, king of the Crown of Spain, king of Sardinia (among others)
The very first man to be crowned king of Sardinia has been Barisone I of Arborea, in 1164, by the hand of the Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich I, but his attempt to conquer all Sardinia failed and the title ended with him ⬇️
The second attempt was done by the Pope Boniface VIII, in 1297, following the Sicilian Vespers. The Pope exchanged Sicily with Sardinia and gave the Aragonese king, James II, the possibility to invade Sardinia and Corsica to claim the title.

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"All my friends are dying.",
I realized as I lay on the floor contemplating how to live to 100.

I am dramatic
and obsessed with longevity.
Dramatically obsessed with #healthspan
not #lifespan.

I'm on a quest to live well for a century.

Here's the problem:
The problem:
I have no idea what health actually means.

Do we eat meat or not?
Does dairy actually cause cancer?
What about mercury in fish?
Is coffee good or bad?

There's too much conflicting information,
too many buzzwords
and @instagram was making it worse.

Frustrated, I decided to look at the places where people DID live to 100.
At least I could begin there. These places are called @BlueZones.

Dan Buettner's work studies the world's longest-lived populations and finds best practices.

Turns out, there are only 5 blue zones:
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**THARROS: Nuragic, Punic, Roman, early medieval site**

Thread about the Punic-Roman town of Tharros (Oristano), founded over a Nuragic village. #Sardinia #Nuragic #Punic #Roman
Tharros rises in the peninsula of Sinis, ending in Capo San Marco, which divides the gulf of Oristano and the Sea of Sardinia. The Sinis is an important archaeological area, covering many important Nuragic sites, tombs and nuraghes. Each dot in the map is one.
From this area are the tombs of Cuccuru is Arrius, where we found the most famous Mother Goddess. There are many nuraghes and a little higher up there's the site of Mont'e Prama, with its giant statues of the Nuragic Age, the first all-round statues to be found in Europe.
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**Sardinian ROMANESQUE churches**

Sardinia has a great tradition of Romanesque church, dating to around ~1100-1200, the Age of the Judicates. Later on we see instead Catalan-gothic. #Sardinia_RomanesqueIsland #Sardegna_IsolaDelRomanico #Sardinia

📸 Basilica of Santa Giusta
First honorary mention goes to two Byzantine churches of Sardinia. San Saturnino is the first ever church in Sardinia.

📸 San Saturnino, Cagliari
San Giovanni of Sinis (OR)
One of the most beautiful is the Palatine Chapel of the Kingdom of Torres, with its black trachite facade. Inside there's a beautiful retablo from XVI century.

📸 Ardara, Santa Maria del Regno (SS)
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**SA PARADURA – Sardinian solidarity**

In sight of recent fires in Montiferru, I didn't feel like posting the scheduled thread. Therefore I'll speak a little about the Sardinian tradition of sa paradura. #Sardinia
Sa paradura is the Sardinian gesture of solidarity in which shepherds help other shepherds who suffered natural damage, theft or other forms of damage. It is a spontaneous gesture which comes from the awareness that anyone might need help at some point in life.
Sa paradura comes without any payback but only the untold agreement that one must do the same when others need help.

Making sa paradura means offering part of their sheep 🐑 to recreate the flock. The donation is purely casual, as it's done by a blindfolded child.
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**BALLU SARDU: the Sardinian dances**

Thread about traditional Sardinian dances. #folklore #folkdance

📸 Painting showing ballu tundu, XIX century
As you can imagine by now, Sardinian dances vary from place to place, just like dresses, language and traditions. They have though some common characteristics.

It's not known for certain the origin of the most ancient Sardinian dance (the ballu tundu), but people see archaic -
-influences in the circular shape and sacredness of the dance, recalling ancient tribal dances around the fire.

There are several depictions that academics link to the ballu tundu: the very first comes from a dish found in Monte d'Accoddi (a Prenuragic altar), where figures-
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Sardinian lore is full of strange and sometimes funny creatures. From religion to paganism, history to superstition, I'll talk a little about the most famous ones. #SardinianFolklore #folklore #Sardinia
📸 S'ainu orriadore, Scano di Montiferro (OR)
▪️Ammuntadore. Thought to be linked to traditional incubi/succubi (and sleep paralysis), s'Ammuntadori was a demon which used to stay over a sleeping person's chest, blocking breath. People were terrified by this creature and invented several magic formulas to protect themselves.
▪️Sùrbile/Cògas/Bruxia/Istrìa. Several names around Sardinia for the same creature: a bloodthirsty witch, kind of a vampire, who fed on newborns. It was a woman during the day and transformed at night.

New mothers has several remedies against her, starting from su kokku-
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**Sardinian EVIL EYE and magic traditions**

Sardinian culture is filled with superstition and magical rites that the profound religiosity only enhanced, often with the favour of priests. Here I will talk about the evil eye and rites of s'argia. #folklore #Sardinia

📸 Su kokku
Evil eye is common to many cultures and it's impossible to date its actual origin. In Sardinia it is strictly linked to the clear separation of male and female roles, so that only women can deal with magic, rituals, life and death, probably reminiscence of the time when Sardinian
-women were priestesses, in the Nuragic Age.

In Sardinian, evil eye is called ogu malu and those affected are said to be pigau de ogu. They are generally men, because women who practice traditional medicine can't be affected. They can't even cast evil eye.

Every living thing-
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**SANTU JUANNE in Sardinia**

Thread about the festivity of Saint John (24th of June) and summer solstice in Sardinia: divination and the ritual of "companionship". #FolkloreThursday #Folklore #SardinianFolklore #Sardinia #Sardegna San Giovanni
Saint John (Santu Juanne) falls by Christian tradition on the 24th of June. It's not a casual day, in fact it's very close to the summer solstice, usually celebrated by many ancient cultures.

In Sardinia this is a very traditional festivity, which still holds clear its pagan-
-roots. The festival is linked to fires and water. In some places (Cuglieri, Bono, for example), we have the rite of s'abba muda. Whoever wants to ask for some grace from the Saint has to go from the church to the fountain in complete silence. Once there, they drink water and-
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**GONNARIO II of Torres**

Thread about the king of Torres who became a monk 👑->⛪ #medievaltwitter #Sardinia #MiddleAge #History #Judicates
Gonnario was born between 1110 and 1114 to the king of Torres, Costantino. We don't know for sure who his mother was. The tradition wants him to be the queen's son but in a document he referred to her as his father's wife, not his mother. It is likely instead that his mother was-
-another woman, another wife or a lover, called Maria De Thori. His not being the queen's son could also explain his troubles in succession.

Written but not trustable sources say he was born to Marcusa de Gunale and Costantino de Lacon after they prayed for a child in Torres-
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These information are taken by La Marmora, who wrote about them in 1838.

📸 Traditional marriage in Selargius (Cagliari) #Sardinia
The ritual isn't limited to the day of the marriage but it starts with the request of the groom to the family of the bride. The groom's father would visit the bride's family and start a ritual request. He asks whether they have a nice cow to give him. The family therefore starts
-bringing ahead all the children, asking if that's what he's searching. At last, they bring ahead the bride who acts reluctant. At that point the man would say that's exactly what he was searching for. They agree to a date to exchange gifts.

Another day, the father of the groom-
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**ORIGIN and EVOLUTION of the Sardinian traditional dress**

This is not an easy topic at all but we'll try putting some order.

📸 Gruppo folk Seneghe #Sardinia Image
We have sources of traditional dresses starting only since XVIII century, drawings of travelers and later on photographs. We have little to no information about medieval times and some paintings for later centuries.

We don't have any reason to think people in Middle Age dressed-
-differently than in the rest of Europe. In fact many female head coverings still look similar to the medieval ones, here portrayed. ImageImageImageImage
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Hello! It's a super sunny Sunday in (almost) all of #UK, enjoy the BBQ & don't worry too much about #Covid19

This is the daily #Coronavirus megathread and soon I'll make my predictions about🚦travel review.

To my anonymous donors💚just sorry I can't thank you personally.
Late on yesterday's thread some alarming news from #Bahrain, and also on there data from #Argentina and #Brazil

But today in the next 2 tweets, I'll start by taking a look at the infection situation which can go a long way to determining🟢🚦countries

Europe's most #Covid19 infected nations (7-day rate AD/M)
Same top 10. NL slow getting cases down

1 #Sweden 188
2 #Netherlands 182
3 #Lithuania 177
4 #Latvia 168
5 #Denmark 167
6 #Belgium 164
7 #Greece 154
8 #Andorra 148
9 #France 139
10 #Slovenia 135

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Thread of my #Goodreads reviews for Sardinian fiction writers

#Sardinia #Sardegna #authors #books #narrativa #SardinianAuthors #letteratura #LetteraturaSarda #IscritoresDeSardigna 🌅 Image
Canne al vento (Reeds in the Wind), by Grazia Deledda.

1926's Literature Nobel prize, this book is a beauty. By the same author, we also have many articles and collections about folk tales and tradition customs.

🇬🇧English review:…
I delitti della salina, Francesco Abate ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #IDelittiDellaSalina #libri #recensioni

🇮🇹 Recensione in italiano:… Image
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Today's #MuseumsUnlocked topic is so interesting to me that I like to share an entire thread, instead of few tweets.
In all the territories of their Empire, #Romans built cities that always share common features and monuments: one of the most recognizable was the #Amphitheatre
Let's start our trip to the Romans amphitheatres from the Capital. The Flavian Amphitheatre, alias the #Colosseum (72-80 AD), is still the most iconic monument of #Rome. It could hold 50-80.000 people, assisting a variety of public spectacles, even sea battle! #MuseumsUnlocked
Also the already mentioned #Aquileia used to have its own amphitheatre, built in the I cent AD. Preserved only in remains, it was identified in the XIX cent. by E. Maionica and is currently under investigation by @UniVerona: looking forward for new discoveries! #MuseumsUnlocked
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