of the sun
Every Sicilian brings, inside himself, a legendary identity of his
land, which is showed when he is on other places, or when he talks
about it. It is an identity based on natural bread, on a life lived
in a garden, onrefined sweets; but it is also based on that particular
murderous violence, on the pride of the peasent and, at last, on a
Sicily is situated in the middle of an area in which different cultures
developed: it is the island of the sun. Wheat, olive trees, almond
trees, ash trees, pistachio, linen, cotton: their growing alterned
in different historical periods.
New people, new ways of life shared their natures with the old ones,
not preventing Sicilians to speak the language their forefathers spoke.
They had the “cus-cus” from the Arabian domination, the “farro” from
the Romans, the confectionaries in Syracuse from the Byzantine culture,
the “baccalà” and the “stoccafisso” (to
different ways to preserve cod fish) or sweets like “cannoli “ and “cassata”,
from the people coming from the North, the Normans, and the so-called
bread fish from the French nobles during the Angevin and Bourbon domination.
The symbol of Sicily is the “Trinachia”, in which the legs
represent the movement ,the changing, while the head represents the
thought and the real essence of the things: a sunny-natured symbol
as sunny-natured Sicilians are.