Masks and carnivals in contemporary Sardinia

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The carnival occupies an important place in Sardinia, and attracts the attentionof scholars with its continuously renewed meanings and functions. Furthermore, theinstitution of carnival is one of the cultural traits that has most oriented enhancement,research, re-proposal, revitalization of spontaneous groups and cultural associations:local traditions are re-learned and reworked along with specific identitiesand new forms of expression. In this sense, we can speak of new carnivals; culturalheritage in new economic and social contexts. In other words: today’s representationsand masks refer to an alleged tradition to respond to contemporary needs andrequests. In the case of Sardinian carnivals, enhancement, recovery, re-proposalare usually spontaneous, endogenous processes, and they are, first of all, initiatedto respond to «identity needs». The contribution tries to reflect on these issues, emphasizingthe complexity of the carnival phenomenon in Sardinia.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)29-44
Numero di pagine16
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020


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