A pagan ritual from Sardinia (apparently it goes back some 2000 years), don’t ask me what they are doing in the über bourgeois/populist arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II in Milan (maybe something to do with the approaching Carnivale), but there they were; hairy mammoth coated shepherds with their backs laden with giant bells that normally go round the necks of mountain animals. The sound they made, jumping in rhythm was powerful…beautiful, beautiful rhythms…and with more than a touch of Lord of the Rings to it. Please note that there are no accompanying musicians – the sound comes solely from the impact of the jumps and the bells on their backs.
See them in action in the film below:
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