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PESCA DEL TONNO: " MATTANZA"

 

It takes place, although no longer regularly, on Favignana at the end of May. The complex and ritualistic system of fishing follows times and techniques established by the Rais, head of the tonnara (tuna warehouse) and once head villager. It has ancient origins, in fact it is thought that the Phoenicians practiced it. The tuna fishermen carry out ancient rituals, singing ancient ritualistic songs "Cialome". “La Mattanza” is a bloody fight, a ritual which has always been part of the culture of the island.

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