Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Superstitious Neapolitans use horns to ward off world's end


Naples, December 12 - Superstitious Neapolitans say
that while they don't believe in end-of-world prophecies,
they're still going to hedge their bets.
Many in Naples, a city known for being superstitious, are
sporting horns - a symbol to ward off bad luck - while avoiding
any reference to the world's end as extra protection against
invoking ill omens.
The city, like many around the world, is sceptical, but
still scared, about the prophecy from the Central American Mayan
natives that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
"It is not true, but I believe it," joked Peppino De
Filippo, summing up the attitude of his city.
Artist Lello Esposito also uses the horn symbol in his
works to be included in an exhibition next March.
His horns were also used by the Naples chamber of commerce
at an event on Wednesday - the date being 12/12/12 - at 12:12
p.m., to counter the December 21 prophecy.
Humour is the best way to defuse the nervousness around the
date, said actor Patrizio Rispso of the television series Un
Posto al Sole.
"We might as well dramatize this, and then come out with
renewed strength," he said.
Naples awaits the end of the world with the fatalism that
comes with living in the shadow of the great volcano Vesuvius
that erupted and consumed the nearby city of Pompeii in 79AD.
And for some, superstition can be good for business.
One woman who was shopping for eel, traditionally a
Christmas treat, said she didn't want to wait just in case in
the world ended before she had her favourite dish.
"The risk of not being able to eat it made me decide to
prepare some a few days before," she said.
City fashion house Ugo Cilento has even prepared a silk tie
for the superstitious - it has a blue background and small
motifs representing the sun of the Mayan calendar.

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