Luxìa Rabiosa: when a legend rises from the avarice

legends of Sardinia: Luxìa Rabiosa

This legend begins with: there was once a woman. The woman we’re talking about could not be considered a positive character. She was very, very rich. But also terribly stingy. And her avarice was inexorably consuming her humanity.

This woman had vast lands and fertile wheat fields: every year, the crops were plentiful. But so much wealth, almost ironically, had a high price to pay: the woman was jealous of her lands. She was obsessed.

But avarice is one of the seven deadly sins. The woman was punished by God, who transformed her into stone along with all the objects used every day. For this reason, it is known as Luxìa Rabiosa which means, literally, “petrified woman” in Sardinian language.

The Sardinian territory is dotted with very peculiar rock formations, such as Rocce Rosse (“Red Rocks”) of Arbatax or the “natural pinnacle” of Cala Goloritzé, one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. According to the legend, many of them would be horses, objects and breads of Luxìa Rabiosa. For example:

  • su procu de Luxìa Arrabiosa means “the pig of Luxìa Arrabiosa” in Sardinian language: this rock is located in the municipality of Siris, in the province of Oristano
  • su pèi de su bòi, sa tùrra and sa cullèra (which, in Sardinian language, mean “the foot of the ox”, “the ladle” and “the spoon”) would be objecys that belonged to Luxìa Rabiosa: there rocks are in Pompu, a small town in the province of Oristano

 

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