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