Carnevale di Ovodda

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Ovodda's Carnival is celebrated on Ash Wednesday, “Mehuris de Lessia", and constitutes a momentof strong identification of the community with its own agelong traditions.
The main character is Don Conte, a male anthropomorphic character, sometimes hermaphrodite;he wears a large colored tunic which lets see a large belly made in rags, which covers the ironcore which supports him. His visage, which may change from a year to another one, is carriedout in cork bark or papier-mâché, false moustaches and other similar elements. His genitals areexaggerated and - together with the belly - confer him a ridiculous aspect which increases hissatirical vein. He is carried throughout the village on a cart drawn by a donkey and adorned withvegetables, animal hides and other extravagant objects.
The sound of the cowbell starts the feast. A grotesque parade, joint by all those who want toparticipate - starts; there are no mandatory pathways, the cart is made wander along the streetsof the village for the whole day. There are no rules, the people can follow the pathway, dispersethemselves into groups, lose each other and meet again; there are no barriers to separate those whoare making the show from those who are watching it.
Th parade which accompanies Don Conte along the streets consists of sos Intintos, who aregenerally dressed in rags, old clothes, bed sheets or blankets. Some of them- the Intinghidores- have the task to soil the visage of those they meet along their way with burnt corkdust "zinziveddu"; the gesture represents the ritual of entering the feast, whose chaos and anarchy isaccepted.

The coming of sunset marks the end of Don Conte, who is first executed, then burnt and eventuallythrown into a scarp at the suburbs of the village. The feast ends around a rich banquet.

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