Boes and Merdules
The Boes lead taurine mask, a symbol of life force. They wear white sheepskins, a shoulder strap of bells and carazza.I merdules, representing the man, wearing a wooden mask anthropomorphic, white sheepskins, holding a stick, a rope and a leather bag.
There are several hypotheses regarding the origin of this Carnival. Appears immediately evident from the representation, the reference to the dialectical relationship between man and animal.
Cultural Association Boes and Merdules
Upon the initiative of some citizens in 1973, a group was established in Ottana with the intention of promoting carnival folk traditions.
The official dates and places of our exhibitions.
The town of Ottana is rich in culture and traditions surviving in the centuries to the present day. At Carnival time you can attend an overwhelming masked absolutely unique.
Masks, rituals and traditions in the heart of Barbagia (Sardinia - Italy)
The Cultural Association Boes and Merdules was established in the early 70s because the customs of the past are not forgotten, because young people are as close to them actively participating in the traditions that characterize the Carnival, so also are known and appreciated outside of Sardinia .
The masks from Ottana
Both boes that merdules dress sheepskin fleece intact and bring her face wooden masks made of wild pear called Carazzas (cara, in Sardinian, meaning face). The boes carry on the shoulder a dense cluster of bells called sas sonazzas or Erru, the merdules unlike boes, do not bring cowbells.
The Ottana Carnival is one of the most interesting and characteristic of the Mediterranean. It is an important moment of aggregation, full of suggestions and ancient meanings.
The official calendar with the dates and places of Boes and Merdules exhibitions. The calendar is constantly updated.
Upon the initiative of some citizens in 1973, a group was established in Ottana with the intention of promoting carnival folk traditions. Subsequently, the Cultural Association was founded called "BOES E MERDULES Group"
The country is located in the river valley plain Tirso, and is on the border of the Barbagia of Ollolai.
The territory of Ottana is rich in archaeological objects found and dated back to early human settlements, as evidenced by the presence of the Domus de Janas, Nuraghi and Tombs of Giants.
Where we are
How to reach the town of Ottana from the main ports and airports of Sardinia