The Sardinian tenore singing is part of the Unesco Intangible Heritage.
During our trip we also had the privilege of working with Paolo and Tobia Pusceddu of the Arbus Knife Museum, the "Arburesa". The Arburesa is a typical Sardinian switchblade knife with a rounded blade. These sounds were used in the context of Urbe Mendax, the place where the trauma that started Anna's nightmares occurred. The moment in which the girl observes that memory is formed by moments of anguish that tear her apart like blades. For this reason we decided to sample the sound of the blades and machinery used to forge one of the typical knives of the Sardinian tradition, which have formed a composition to accompany the music.
Fun fact! The Arburesa has beaten two Guinness World Records! The first time, in 1986, Paolo Pusceddu built a folding knife weighing 80kg and measuring 3.35m in length with a 1.25cm thick blade. The knife remained in the Guinness World Record as the largest knife in the world until 2000.
In 2001 Paolo Pusceddu created a stainless steel Arburesa with a curved Paduk wooden handle with an incredible weight of 295 kg and a length of 4.85 meters with a 2.25 cm thick blade. He thus earned the record for the heaviest knife in the world!
"S'ammutadori" is the sleep demon. According to Sardinian folk beliefs, this demon strikes its prey while they sleep causing them a feeling of anguish, oppression, and suffocation.
From a scientific point of view, the work of the demon can easily be traced back to the phenomenon of hypnagogic paralysis (better known as sleep paralysis). Some people even claim to have seen the ammuntadore in person, sometimes in the form of a witch, in other cases as a shadow, a skeleton, a cloud of steam, a bloody face. Even today, some elders firmly support the existence of the demon.
Historically, it is assumed that the figure of the ammuntadore saw its birth at the time of the conquest of the island by the Romans, after 241 BC. Other theories, however, place the birth of the belief well before this date.
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