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9/19/2011

SARDINIA. LANDSCAPES TO HEAL OUR SOUL


Many people think that Sardinia is 
one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean; 
a place where every year the world's millionaires and VIPs come crowding several sides of the coast 
with luxurious yachts and boats of all kinds. 

Chia beach

 
Warning: this is not the real Sardinia.
Indeed, according to most of Sardis (true Sardis), this has contributed to ruining what of most fascinating this island offers: its ancient soul and its History.

  

But the real travellers are humble, attentive and curious. 
They could come up here and have the opportunity to address a special path, in search of divine landscapes, that Time and the Earth offer to lovers of deeper Beauty. 


The inhabitants of Sardinia were probably the first monotheistic civilizations of mankind.
They were it already in the Neolithic times.
 They practiced Agrarian rituals long before the other peoples of the Mediterranean; they knew the steel industry, architecture, astronomy and were able to follow precisely the rhythm of the seasons.
Not only: the ancient Sardinia inhabitants were practicing the cult of dead heroes and were the first to experience the care of sleep, 
to improve the physical well-being. 
Sardis also used to save rain water or spring water, 
considered sacred, in wells, creating a veritable cult of water.


Even more interesting is that, without knowing scientifically the power of terrestrial magnetism, Sardinia's people understood its healing properties. They knew that exposure to this natural energy source was able to heal the psyche.



Well, this is the specific function given by the Sardinians to "Tombs of the Giants", 
in both the north and south of this large island: 
a therapeutic function.
From the sky the graves are all very similar to one another, in the form of bull's head. The center of the exedra is identified among the horns. This is the place where men used to come for health treatment. 
Domus de Janas,  in Arzachena
 A shaman priest was administering them a magic potion and they fell asleep at the base of the stele, dreaming of heroes who came to their aid and which they revealed their fears. So, they wake up serene and reconciled with themselves. 
Is Conchas, in Quartucciu
Still now be at or admire a Nuraghe, a sacred well, or walk inside a cave carved by water over thousands of years it’s, for the most sensitive people, the opportunity to get in touch with an ancient divine place and feel the power flowing inside the body.





Ancient olive tree
Maybe it’s the magic of the extraordinary landscape, its ever-changing light and colors, maybe it’s because of the energy emanating from the earth in these places, but all this will make you feel different: the strongest in body and soul. Like the ancient Sardis heroes. 


There are at least four ways 
to encounter the mystical power of this island ....



In the first path you come to the Margin, the area where you can find the Nuraghe, the ancient exedra, shaped at head of a bull, and the mythical passage to the afterlife. On this area you find a 3000 years old well: a temple linked to the course of the stars in the sky, the place chosen for the worship of water.


Nuraghe
 
Another possible route is through the Supramonte, a vast limestone plateau between the municipalities of Oliena, Orgosolo, Urzulei, Baunei, and Dorgali. A massive uninhabited and wild, full of canyons, caves and forests. Fascinating sights, smell of vegetation, brightly colored rocks, primitive and magnificent landscapes. This is the magic of Supramonte, whose territories are considered one of Europe's most beautiful natural areas.



Gallura, the land of granite and wind, is an area famous for its rich Costa Smeralda, whose hinterland is less know.
Here are the "tafoni", natural cavities in the granite modelled by natural elements, where the primitive men were protected from the weather. Among the  nature survive ancient places of worship. Here stands, facing the east, the tomb of the giants of "Li Mizzani" used since ancient times as a place for healing and that still preserves its charm and its secrets. And yet the temple and the source of Malchittu and San Santino source; places considered sacred by the ancient Christians too.


Barbagia is the innermost and wild zone in Sardinia. Here the landscapes are now inaccessible and mountainous, now in large open spaces almost entirely uninhabited. In Barbagia’s archaeological zone are hidden some of the most characteristic sites. The proto-Sardis mysterious civilization creative of the Nuraghe, choose these areas as protected from invasion of the island planned by Romans colonization, actively resisting and perpetuating the ancient culture. 
Religious rests are still visible on the village "Su Romanzesu", the healing source of "Sedda e Sos Carros", the tomb of the giants of "Ena and Thomes" and the Nuraghe Loelle. The road also runs through some of the most important places of the Island, as the great karst resurgence of "Su Cologone", the impressive cave of "Sa Oghe" in the picturesque valley of "Lanaittu", the vast and lonely rocky plateau named Ala of Sardis and Buddusò.

 

At the end of the journey the most prepared and careful, the most sensitive to the beauty of these lands will see increased their energy, intuition, and many of those qualities hidden in our souls, not all of which we have awareness. 

 
CASSOLA 


Ingredients:

1 kg of mixed fish:

mullet, cuttlefish, bream, octopus, eel, clams, mussels, scorpion fish, conger eel, a small lobster, etc..
500 g of peeled tomatoes

dry white wine

2 cloves of garlic

1 onion

hot pepper

parsley

basil

some slices of rustic bread

extra virgin olive oil

salt

Preparation:

Clean the clams and mussels well.

Clean well the whole fish, wash in cold water and chop.

Put the clams and mussels in a pan with a little oil and half a glass of wine and let them open. Remove clams and mussels from the heat and set aside.
Mince garlic and onions, let them brown in a pan with 5 tablespoons of oil. A pinch of crushed red pepper together, mix and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes cut into small pieces, add a pinch of salt and cook for 10 minutes.
Add the fish and let it flavour in the sauce, stirring well. Then add a bit of salt, cover with hot water and cook for about 45 minutes.
Join to the soup open mussels and clams, then add washed and chopped parsley and basil.

Cook for 5 minutes, then serve the cassola with the rustic bread slices, heated in the oven, rubbed with a clove of garlic and, if you like, with the chili. 





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