Curiosities, traditions and legends of Ischia

Angel's race in Ischia

This race is repeated every year in Forio on Easter day. You can define an event of medieval type, even if an historian has nothing because it is linked to the only real fact of the Resurrection of Christ.The scene takes place along the main street of the town (the corso Umberto) and consists of the stroke that l'angelo repeated three times in the go from the tomb to the Madonna for proclaiming the Madonna that Christ is risen. Finally, the Madonna, with the face covered by a white veil, runs followed by San Giovanni to embrace Jesus. Then the people, with shouting and rejoicing to the sound of the bells he rushes toward Jesus, while l'angelo, after three bows, retires in the church of Our Lady of Loreto. At this point of redials the procession that will end, after you have turned to the major points of the city, in  “Congrega di Visitapoveri”.

Ancient folk dance of Ischia

One of the most ancient traditions of the island is perhaps the most famous is the dance of 'ndrezzata performed to Buonopane, fraction of Barano in the churchyard of the Church of San Giovanni Battista, two times a year: the Monday after Easter and on 24 June day of San Giovanni, protector of the village. 18 'ntrezzaturi dancers, four players, two horns (clarinets) and two tambourines (flutes) give rhythm to this dance of ancient origins, whose secret is transmitted from generation to generation. The 18 dancers, with head in the corporal that at the beginning reads a rhyme in Ischian ancient, are in two concentric circles of nine dancers each clutching a mazzariello (mace) with the right hand and a sword of wood with the left; then the orders of the corporal and the pace of musicians are interwoven by exchanging blows of mazzariello and sword frontally and laterally.

Legends on the thermal waters of Ischia

The thermal water of Ischia is considered miraculous since ancient times, periods in which were flourishing the legends about many topics that at those times there weren't explanation. Here is one of these. They had to be celebrated the propitiatory rites in honor of Minerva in the city to her consecrated (Naples) in the manner of it was a time in Greece. From all over flock Nymphs and sirens, and between all shines with beauty Parthenope with hair knotted in gold, accompanied by throngs of friends that make up the crown. There is also Procida, one of the most beautiful of the Dryads, favorite of Diana that has instructed to deal with bows and arrows in the woods. Better would have been to stay here! Instead will be cursing the unwise decision to come to the lido in honor of Pallas. He wears a clamide adorns the arabesques and well worked; a band of gems the surrounds the virginal face is the side; on the shoulders clashing cymbal the quiver; the wind the inflicting unstable foliage. Almost similar to Diana in appearance and habit ! An inescapable fate however, lies about her and the fates are ready to break the thread of his life! From Capri arrives Teleboo, a satyr skilled in the art of medicine and in the use of herbs that soothe their wounds and anxieties. As soon as he sees Procida, he fell selfless
Deep wound the presses in the chest and in the mind will agitate thoughts and cravings to win, even with the deception, the sweet girl. In the evening, after the feast, the Nymphs are preparing to return to their Lari. Teleboo approaches to Procida to quieten his fury and OAS skim it with the hand. She wants to escape trembling and astonished much affront and seeks a way out; sees Inarime as it moves towards the homeland and abode Please help her and take her with him. Together and so speedily reach the lido of Ischia. The chases always Teleboo, which quickly reaches them. Procida turns his sight to Diana, with tears disfiguring her pretty face: "O goddess, if you ever have sacrificed a deer, be to me and help me in so grave a propitious moment! Let my persecutor fall lifeless to the ground and falling Tartarus ". The goddess can not meet all of these votes.
Is opposed to the attempts of Teleboo unfair and sacrilegious, but can not subtract the girl to his left destiny. Procida, while defending from enemy, prudish, feels a thrill slide body, her voice breaks in the throat, cheeks become frost, a pallor across the axle. Become stone her who was Ninfa. The part exalted, that hair covered, trees are imboschisce, the foliage turn into leaves, from the quiver, where they were arrows, sprouting a forest that is populated by pheasants by Diana.
No force can comfort Teleboo furious that you throw on the rocks of Procida, cursing the gods and against himself, because he still lives and lies down in the shadows of hell. Apollo, moved with compassion, to remove the causes of tears, shakes the tops, the mountains and upsets the whole territory is detached from Ischia and Procida proceeds in the sea fear her the presses yet, although as it moves away and cautious mocks even so the disappointed lover. Teleboo falls on the vengeance of Diana, for he tried to violate the virgin. Powerless against fate, the young man feels stiff limbs and blood stopping; turned to stone remains as a lifeless figure lá near the banks of Inarime. Cries, however, even if lifeless, deploring the fallacious loves to Ninfa and burning more than insistent sparks from which he was excited, ardor blow the drops that come from your eyes as a Small Gorgo, hence the name of the source, which sanatrici has virtues, as Phoebus gives those gifts corresponding healthy herb that miraculously Teleboo used against illness.

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