La Dea Madre Mediterranea


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The work that can be found here is an integral part of a project that also includes the preparation of a didactic guide, and originated after having attended two different complementary courses – one for a “Museum Educator” and the other for a ”Cultural Identity Operator” .

Sardinians show a growing interest in knowledge about their history and thus their own cultural identity and the experts, through the exceptional effort they put into their explorations, digs and reclamation work, can stimulate the curiosity and imagination of even young students, whom this study is aimed at.

Experts have found many elements that they have labeled as “Mediterranean”, which in their time penetrated the Sardinian culture, as well as other components of Sardinian history and culture that have been exported to the Mediterranean.

Now, in this wide context of our past, of our Sardinian but also Mediterranean culture, the ancient cult of the Earth Goddess surely cannot go unnoticed.

This figure, represented in many ways over time by the ancient populations according to their different cultural facies, makes up an important archaeological heritage. Without doubt, it enhances the ancient Sardinian culture and, since both the present and the future are based on the past, it is now up to us to re-evaluate and look for traces of our past in our current cultural heritage. Reading, observing and examining the findings on show in our museums and by comparing them to the present, we can try to identify the elements that can be seen as remnants of this prehistoric divinity. In this respect, the popular Sardinian traditions have a lot to teach us – village festivals with their religious rites, ritual costumes, the celebration of the “comparatico” in San Giovanni, fertility ceremonies and those for agricultural rebirth. These are all elements through which the cult of the Earth Mother has been passed down until modern times, often filtered through Christianity.

This site is in Italian, Sardinian and English, so that the presentations are clearer and respect the linguistic aspects. Moreover, in this way they can favour the learning and spread of the Sardinian language, not just at the level of recognition, but above all to safeguard it and increase its use.