Bundos

Bundos

It is the typical mask of the Orani carnival, more recent than others. In the circle of entities linked to nature, the Bundos have an ambivalent meaning, on one hand they are the spirits of the harvest and rebirth, on the other they are identified with the storms that ravaged the fields.

According to the tales, their voices could be heard on stormy nights, during which a brave young man could wear their clothes to blend in with each other and persuade them not to harm the crops.
On those occasions they used to say “Parete chi vi sunu tottus sos Bundos a giru” (it seems that there are all the Bundos around).
The Bundhu mask is made exclusively of cork, with a face with anthropomorphic features and a seraphic expression, it is generally painted red, with a false beard and mustache and very white horns, which represent the eternal symbiosis between man and animal.

He wears a long orbaceous coat and holds on trivutzu, a pitchfork made of pear or olive wood.
During the carnival the Bundos advance together making a great din, almost as if they were fighting with an invisible enemy, and with the pitchfork they pursue the spectators inviting them to participate in the propitiatory rite for sowing. The oldest example of this mask is kept in the Ethnographic Museum of Nuoro.

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