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In the final day of Carnevale, in the village of Mamoiada, the celebration revolves around the figures of the Mamuthones and Issahadores. The former wear tragic masks and shepherd’s garb with sets of cow bells tied on their backs. The bells jangle in time with their rhythmic steps as they process through the village to the main square, where there is music and dancing all evening. The Issadores are more colourful as they “capture” the spectators and drag them inside the circles of traditional folk dance. This is regarded as the oldest Carnivale in Italy, and more closely resembles the rituals dedicated to the ancient Greek god, Dionysus, god of wine, fertility and theatre, who died in the winter months, only to reemerge as the vine blossoms again in the Spring.

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