Mysticism.

text
Kyre Chenven

photography
Guido Gazzilli

MAMUTHONES AND ISSOHADORES

There is something extraordinary about a good picture. Susan Sontag wrote that "photographs really are experience captured." And it seems particularly true as the number of pictures taken every day from every possible device continues to grow; a picture that can transmit emotion and sense of place remains precious. So, as we depart for a weekend in Barbagia, we leave you with a series by Guido Gazzilli, a young Roman photographer with Sardinian heritage. Guido traveled to Mamoiada in 2014 and spent a week with the artisans that create the costumes for the participants of the town's famous Carnevale. He then photographed the parade itself. These pictures are particularly evocative and therefore an adept introduction to the mystic world of the Mamuthones & Issohadores.

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The procession in Mamoiada was first photographed in 1957 by Pablo Volta and has since become one of the most visited Carnevale in Sardinia. The mysterious dance takes place between the Mamuthones (men dressed in black wool, with wooden masks and 50 pounds of handmade bells on their backs) and the Issahodores (white-masked, sveltely dressed conductors of the parade). It is said to be both magical and confounding, an experience worth living.

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