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Associazione Culturale Arcidiacono

Float “Elimi, Siculi e Sicani” - category B

The origins of Sicily can be told with many stories, we, M & M’s cultural association, we have chosen one in particular from the title: Elimi Siculi and Sicani. in this case we want to represent our true origins, a mixture of different cultures and different invasions. Frontally a boat with a Greek warrior who, together with the ruins of a temple in Agrigento, behind the Moorish heads, represents the people of the Sicans.

The few and fragmentary historical information about the Sicans, come from the Greeks, mostly stationed in Agrigento, also included Caltanissetta and Enna. Behind the Greek warrior we can see two dark brown heads representing the Elimi people. The Elimi were an ancient people located in the western extremities of Sicily, where a beautiful legend was born, that of the dark-haired one. It is said that around the year 1000, in the Arab quarter of Palermo, a beautiful girl lived her days dedicating her attention to the care of the plants of her balcony.

From the top of her balcony she was noticed by a young Moro who overwhelmed her and did not hesitate to declare her love for her. The young woman, struck by the promise of love received, welcomed and returned the feeling with passion. but the young Moro in his heart concealed a burdensome secret: wife and children awaited him in the East, in that land in which he was to return now. the girl, destroyed and embittered by that betrayed love, was seized by a terrible anger that led her to take the road of revenge. So in the night while he was in a deep sleep, she caught the propitious moment and mortally struck him. The Moor who had loved her who was about to leave now would never abandon her.

He also decided that the face of that young man, dear to her, should have remained by his side forever, so without hesitation he cut off the young man’s head by creating a vase-like object with it and placed a bud in it. basil. finally he put his head on his balcony, dedicating every care to the basil that grew in it. Every day the young man’s tears bathed the plant.

The neighbors, pervaded by the scent of basil and looking enviously at the plant that vigorously matures in that particular vase in the shape of a dark brown, they made pottery vases that re-propose the same features of that lovingly guarded by the girl. Finally, behind the Greek temple, to represent the Siculians, Etna rises majestically, a beautiful goddess of Greek mythology. She was considered a daughter of Aurano and Gea and gave the name to the homonymous volcano, whose destructive eruptions were caused by the dragon Typhon, who lived in his bowels. The Sicilians (from the name of the alleged king Siculus) were a population among the first occupants in Sicily, including The Messina, Catania, Ragusa and Syracuse.

Of them it is known that they practiced hunting and fishing, and that they then learned to devote themselves to agriculture, mainly barley and broad bean, and to pastoralism, also linked to manufacturing activities such as carding and leather tanning.

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