Sicilian people: friendly, genuine, poetical

16 Feb 2019

The 7 bloods of the Sicilian people

Who is the Sicilian? Who are our ancestors? What does our DNA say?

Good questions, huh?

Even nicer because the answer is really articulated.

The Sicilian people are the sons of their past.

The Sicilian, in fact, is restless as the Phoenicians, poetic as the Greek, cunning as the Roman, ingenious as the Arab, shrewd as the Norman, capricious as the Swabian and indolent as the Aragonese.

All his ancestors!

And someone is always missing on that list!

All these people, however, in the end have created indigenous hospitable, generous (especially with foreigners) and particularly lovers of benches and relaxation.

Yes, that’s right: in Sicily no stress!

The lost fairy tales

The fairy tales they say of a population as well as its buildings, the humus of its land, the ruins of the past and the faces of the elders.

The fairy tales are passed down from mouth to mouth,  from one mother to another, from one grandma to another grandma.

And tell us where we come from and who we are.

This is not in Sicily.

This spectacular sequence of different populations who dominated it, did not make it in time to create new myths and legends that were immediately replayed by other heroes.

Therefore to us Sicilian children, do not tell native fables.

And although it is a shame, because there are beautiful ones.

For example, go look for that of Aci and Galatea or that of the beautiful Demetra that goes back from the depths of the bowels on March 21, bringing six months of spring.

You want to see it on that day: go to the center of Sicily, where there is the lake of Pergusa, on top of Cozzo Matrice: there is a cave and from there comes Demetra, on a winged wagon.

Well, then there are also so many characters that have hit the imagination of us children.

One of them is Giufà, a little idiotic boy and a bit ‘easygoing that once, just to say one of the things he did, saw the moon reflected in the well and tried to capture it with a bucket.

There, in the life of us Sicilians, at least once we have been Giufà.

Vesperes and Puppet Opera

The Sicilian population had two great moments of union and solidarity: the Revolt of the Vespers, in 1282 with which people rebelled in the presence of the Angevins wreoting riots throughout the island.

And the puppet opera, born in ‘ 700, a theatre that went around the cities and in which the puppeteer waved puppets representing the deeds of the Paladins to the court of Charlemagne.

Men, women and children gathered around this theatre and became inflamed by the heroic exploits of Orlando and his companions.

Even today you can assist at one of these shows in some cities, such as Palermo, Alcamo, Catania, Syracuse.