Southwest of Sardinia, a place where silence reigns.
Driving our car through a Long journey by the western coasts of the legendary and magical island, we reach the hidden village of san Salvatore, minutes away from the city of Oristano, and Close-by the the most famous white sandy beaches of the Sinis peninsula.
The church of San Salvatore and “sa corsa de is scrutzusu”
Eight hundred barefooted young men wearing white kirtles, running together in the street…
ok imagine that this is not a flash mob! But something that brings you back to our grandparents oldest tales. (Marcy Murtas)
During the festive period of September, the first Sunday of the month, they are magically bringing back to life, with proud sense of belonging to their land, a very ancient tradition that recalls back to 1619.
A Local gentleman, Renzo Murtas entertain us talking about an amusing and true story of local citizens here in San Salvatore back in the time were escaping the invasion of the Africans “is morus” willing to conquer the local area of Cabras.
In fact, centuries ago apparently at the village of San Salvatore di Sinis, they used to shout loud from the roofs when the invaders came across, spotting them advancing from the sea, arriving with huge wooden boats from the far Africa.
From home to home, the citizens of the village escaped the square and protected their treasures such as food, barley, fish, homegrown vegetables, or simply protecting women and children.
They are also famous for being very stuck on traditions and a very deep love for the statue of the Saint. And that’s what the legend is all about:
Apparently, each time the conquerors invaded the village, those people used to remove the statue from the local little church, bringing it along to a safer place: the city of Oristano “Aristanis” in Sardinian language. Today, the tradition is celebrated with a very folkloristic twist!! There a are not anymore invasions and no one is trying to start any process of fight! but hundreds of curios are still keen to discover this very traditional parade, which ends in the small local square, with some good wine and the best traditional local seafood;
on the first Sunday of September in fact, the parade of the “corsa degli scalzi” is proudly replicated and kept alive by the community of Oristano and San Salvatore. They still run fast, from the small village to the city, and back, with the statue of the saint well kept, held on their shoulders, demonstrating a tradition of love-for life, and love for the religion!