There is no better way to experience the ancient rituals and traditions from Sardinia, than at the highest town on the island,at Fonni. It is at 1000m above sea level where the mysterious customs of Urthos and Buttudos were born. They are gruesome characters that parade throughout the streets and take over balconies by jumping to the sound of golden bells held by a cloaked man. These rituals are played out during holidays and festivals and are acted out on the street for all to witness. Come face-to-face with their ancient rights, traditions and culture only here, only at Fonni.
The mask on the left represents the typical mask worn at carnival from the rural mountain town of Ottana. Boes e Merdules represent an ox and his master. Wild pear wood is used in making these stunning, intricate masks, the star carved on the mask is for good luck and fortune.
The mask on the right is the mask of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada. The masks are made from the fig, elm, chestnut or walnut tree and are blackened to give off a phantom of a presence. The Mamuthone legacy is shrouded in secrecy and there is little documented evidence on their origins; some scholars argue that the Mamuthones had already marched in the nineteenth century while others argue that the ritual dance and parade goes back even further, to the Nuraghic Age.