“Never mess with a Sicilian girl”…..
I remembered a FB post from the owner of Villa Magnolia in Puglia, Italy, http://www.villamagnoliaitaly.com/ did
about shopping for treasures in the weekly markets and these ceramic heads stuck in my mind. Leslely was kind enough to expand on their history…..
The story takes place in the heart of the Kalsa,
the Arab quarter of Palermo around the year
There lived a beautiful Sicilian young girl with
long silky black hair and eyes that recalled the
colour of Mediterranean sea. As every honour-
able Sicilian girl was not allowed to walk alone in
the streets, the girl spent great part of her days
gardening the exotic plants and flowers of her
One day, a young wealthy Moorish merchant was passing by the girl’s balcony and could not help falling in love with such unbridled beauty. With no hesitation the man decided to declare his love to the beautiful girl. Impressed by the merchant wealth and flattered by his apparently sincere love, the girl gave herself and her “virtue” away cultivating not only her plants, but a passionate, intense relationship with the Moorish. But with every passionate drama there is often a twist, the girl soon discovered an awful truth: The Moor was about to return to his country, where wife and children awaited him.
Her “virtue” had been deflowered, her honour lost forever and her heart broken. Things that to every Sicilian woman only recall one simple word : Revenge.
As the two lovers spent the last night of passion together, the girl sneaked into the kitchen, took out a butcher knife and cut the Moors throat, then carried on cutting off his whole head.
The morning after, the Moorish head was on display on the girl’s balcony, where she planted some basil seeds. With the passing of time, that basil plant grew so beautifully and scented, raising the envy of every other woman in town, which asked their artisans to have moulded a terracotta vase just like the one of the beautiful girl…
So, in brief : Never mess with a Sicilian girl!”
Do you have other stories to share? Perhaps the Godfather movies were too tame….