The ritual of mattanza

I heard about an old ritual conducted by fishermen in Sicily, who cast a wide net (16km long) and waited for months and months until the wind started to blow in a certain direction and once enough fish fell into the entrapment.

The fishermen haul the 30m deep nets to the surface, against a backdrop of rhythmic chanting (the cialoma) that dates back to Arab times. As the frenzied mass of fish rise to the surface, the tuna is clubbed, speared and hooked amidst much blood and gore.

The act of waiting for just the right opportune moment takes skill and courage – it interested me so I thought I’d note it here.

Author: Fahim Sachedina

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