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"Sardinia Temple of the Waters": a voyage through performance art, linguistics, archaeology, mythology

BY Sardegna Tempio delle Acque | 17-Jul-2016
An original voyage through performance art, linguistics, archaeology, mythology. In the14 minutes preview, you'll find 13 Sardinian (and not only) words with their stories and origins - found mostly on Sumerian and Akkadian languages, connected to all Mediterranean cultures throughout ancient times and today too - and their fascinating mysteries...


The documentary "Sardegna Tempio delle Acque" (Sardinia Temple of Waters), preview version, is now online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlJoRxFAFI subtitled in English and French.

https://sasartiglia.com/sardinian-words-and-their-secrets/?lang=en

Directed by: Nicola Marongiu, Cinzia Carrus, Francesco Orrù

In this 14 minutes preview, you'll find 13 Sardinian (and not only) words with their stories and origins - found mostly on Sumerian and Akkadian languages, connected to all Mediterranean cultures throughout ancient times and today too - and their fascinating mysteries narrated by the linguist Salvatore Dedola, with the visions and the sounds of a re-discovered Sardinia in all its splendour. The Cult of Water is the common theme.

The full version of the documentary (90 minutes) includes a total of 107 Sardinian and Italian words/idioms and consists of ten "chapters":

1. Sardegna Tempio delle Acque (introduction)
2. Mask and Power
3. Circle of the Pole
4. Abba, Mu - The Vital Archetype
5. The Prophets of Water
6. The Sacred Seed
7. A Shaky Dance
8. The Temple of Waters -the Doors of Purification, the Place of Well-Being
9. The Water Goddess
10. Water Processions - The Cult of Life.

The original soundtrack is composed by Nicola Marongiu, Oscar Quiroz Arias, Matias Quiroz Arias; other important contributions are by the musicians Gesuino Deiana, Andrea Cutri, the Sardinian-Andean group Nazka, Marco Aritzu.

Very briefly, "Sardegna Tempio delle Acque" is a voyage through the places, the rites and the traditions of Sardinia, with a glance into their ancient roots, behind carnival masks. The interconnections between the signature elements of Sardinian Carnival – with its various typical characters as well as its ritual combats – and Death and Resurrection Myths that can also be found in rites of Adonis (Siria, Phoenicia), Dyonisus (Greece), Baal (Canaan) Osiris (Egypt), Tammuz (Babylonia). The “Carnival” (Italian: “Carnasciale”, Sardinian: “Carrasciale”, “Carresegare” or “Carrasegare”) read as “submersion, flooding, inundation and desecration” of the Power. The precious traditional event held at Oristano during Carnival, called “Sartiglia”, can also be observed into its genesis, into its ancient inception – way beyond of its reformulation occured during the times of Spanish domination in Sardinia. In this way, going back to the archaic roots of Sartiglia, we can look at the true nature of “Su Componidori” (the sacred and leading character of Sartiglia, holding a special object named “Pippia de Maju”) as a Shaman, an Estatic, a Prophet: “the one who makes water pouring out from clouds”. Related to water worship, we also have various nuragic holy wells and springs, in Sardinia. Waters known as healing, miraculous: for example, in San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes (located next to Santu Lussurgiu) Templars even built an hospital, as well as a church. Therefore, we can find many types of sardinian ritual/ceremonial breads, related to ancient rites dedicated to Adonis. An example is Su Pani de is Bagadius, in Siurgus Donigala: they use to transport this special bread, in procession, evoking the Dead Jesus Christ on the Cross. Priestesses and priests, just as the various personifications of Nature’s God, have been morphed (reversing their original sense) over the time into “devils” (Maimòni/Maimòne, Cambilargiu, Brutu, Mascazzu, Leunardu, Musteddìnu/Boe Muliake), in Sardinia. Everything about this is related to the same cult: the Cult of Water.

The symbolic locations (preview version) are:
Pozzo Sacro of Sardara (archaeological site of Sant’Anastasia)
Maimòni, Cabras
San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes, Santu Lussurgiu
Monte Arci
Nuraghe Losa, Abbasanta

Torregrande, Oristano
Borore (at the Ritual Bread Museum)
Sinnai (at Salvatore Dedola's studio

and in the full documentary also:
Monte d'Accoddi, Sassari
San Giovanni di Sinis, Cabras
Nurallao, Cagliari.

For further informations, please visit our site https://sasartiglia.com/?lang=en or contact us https://sasartiglia.com/contacts/?lang=en