A man, his dog, the night on the hills. This is the life of a trifulau in autumn. Trifulaus are the most characteristics features of the truffle world.
A woman laden with years, with a disagreeable, repugnant face, rough and dark skin that suddenly becomes deathly white, cadaverous, with a low, narrow forehead covered with a thousand lines, veiled eyes, crooked in their sockets, and a voice that is hoarse and tremulous, at times imperceptible. Fear of the female witch, endowed with magic… [Continue Reading]
County culture has ever considered hazel-trees as magic: its bush was believed to be a den for witches or fairies, a rich harvest was a sign of fertility for the family,while a hazel-tree stick was the dowsing-rod.
When men drink, then they are rich and lucky and win suits in court and are happy and help their friends. (Aristophane, The knights) In September, all around Cuneo big feasts are made for the just-ripen corn, the so-called “meliga”. A cascade of red-orange grains, a ray of light in the incoming autumn, when Dolcetto… [Continue Reading]
The Truffle fair was first held in 1929 as “competitive fair of the famous Truffles of the Langhe”, as a part of the Harvest fair. Truffles, that were usually sold for 120-150 lire/kilogram, on that particular day were sold for up to 200 lire/kg. It was a teacher’s monthly wages. In 1932 the fair… [Continue Reading]
The last week of the Carnival, from thursday to Mardi Gras, is a wonderful opportunity for dinners and “ribòte” (small parties among friends with… lots of food).
The scary fantasies and images that populated the childhoods of many, today no longer seem frightening and have become a kind of game, even used to promote the territory. Places, people, and situations collected from distant or recent memory, or inventions that give vent to the restlessness of the soul are the fabric with which… [Continue Reading]
Today we see the “masche” [witches] on television. Once upon a time when there was no television, the people believed there were witches. And now they are no longer. Once they had books and with books they could show any kind of pretext, they could play any kind of “désdesi” (trick). For those who lived… [Continue Reading]
Each family had its own corn field. In the end of June men organized teams of threshers who opened the long season of hard work, that ended with the threshing. The sheaves, gathered in piles (capale e capalòt) in the fields, awaited the “macchina da bate”, that long and terrible machine that was to do… [Continue Reading]
During Lent people went around egg-singing.They left home on saturday evening, and walk for miles, from farm to farm, from village to village, singing a traditional refrain in front of each door: Soma partì da nostra ca’ (we have left our home) fin da la prima seíra (since the first night) per venirvi a salutè… [Continue Reading]
…they were days charged with a symbolic value, an initiation to life of boys who were maybe physically older than today’s twenty-years-olds, but surely were much more innocent…