Articoli con tag: Vesuvius

The volcano magic

an oral tale of 1800

 

One day a man named Mauro  appeared on the mount Vesuvius, he had  a face as black as night and asked the magic of the volcano to be transformed into a normal man.

His prayer was answered. Suddenly an angel appeared who took him into the crater and blowing onto his face made his kin white like snow.

So the two craters were called Angelo and Mauro.

But not all the  volcano stories  end well: when a wicked monk  invoked Vesuvius asking for help to implement his bad design, the mountain was angry hunting from the crater a pillar of fire and sending down a magical horse with flame eyes  and a snake mane.

The animal chased the monk and  when he was  reached, the horse clapped with its socket on the ground  which opened swallowing the evil man.

Those places were then called “Horse  atrium” and ” Monk”.

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The Sorceress of Vesuvius

an oral history, concerning  the eruption of 1858

 

It is said that after an eruption of Vesuvius,  having filled  by lava the big ditch, in a night of November a  harrowing and inhuman scream woke up all inhabitants in the area.

The scream was heard even in the  following nights creating terror among the people.

Peasants armed themselves with rifles and pruning hooks and left for a dawn patrol in search of the origin of that scary scream. They beat the ground inch by inch, but found nothing.

No one could give an explanation and they were all afraid.

So it happened, while they were wondering what to do, that some people  suggested to contact the “the old Mattavona”, a witch who lived on the slopes of Vesuvius.

Having said that, the farmers went in procession to the beldame. The old woman went to the place and uttered some incomprehensible magic formulas. Since then the scream was gone and the farmers went back to sleep at night.

 

 

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The birth of Capri

by Pompeo Sarnelli, Posilicheata

 

You will see, below, the mountain  Somma, which was formerly called Vesuvius.

He was a gentleman from Naples, who fell in love, unfortunately, with  a lady from the house Capri  which, at that time,  was a noble House.

And, as the relatives did not agree to their love, the more they loved each other, the more they saw their intentions disappointed.  Indeed the  relatives sent the lady to stay  away,  at Cape Minerva.

Where, being unable to see her lover, one day when the lady went for a trip in a boat, she jumped into the sea, and she became an island, which  is still called Capri.

Vesuvius, having received the news, began to throw sighs of fire, which gradually became a mountain, which is called Somma, and as he always sees his lover, even if it is a mountain, he’s  burning with love and throws fire: and when he goes into a rage, he  shakes the city of Naples which repents,  but uselessly, as the city didn’t give him  what he wanted.

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Vesuvius

Lovers Liars – by  E. Cossovich

 

How many adventures and of how many different kinds   often happen on Vesuvius!

It is said,  as two Englishmen, a gentleman and a young lady, together agreed to eternalize their love on the top of our mountain.

In front of  the steaming crater they renewed their oaths of constancy and fidelity, and calling witnesses  the elements, they  promised each other, that if any of them had been betrayed, the one would have thrown himself into the roaring crater.

 

But one year was not over,  that the fair lady gave her hand to a rich Neapolitan gentleman and the betrayed lover in despair rushed … into the  chasms of business and went to marry  a banker’s daughter, who swore less, but had more value

Vesuvius willingly gave up his victim, from which we can argue that  man (taken in its broadest sense) in England or elsewhere is always the same.

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