Looking at the flag of Sicily, you will surely wonder about the particular figure placed in the center.
Thinking about the beautiful Mediterranean island, you will surely have thought of something that had to do with oranges, or perhaps referred to Etna.
And instead this strange woman, a few ears of wheat, eagle wings, snakes and three legs!e!
Let's discover together the fantastic past of this ancient region rich in history and tradition.
The three legs
This symbol is calledTrinacria orTrischele(the three legs, and is an ancient and widespread symbol already in much of the world then known.
Suffice it to say that a similar symbolism was used by the Vikings long before and took the name ofTriskell. These were three triangular-based Ss that behaved similarly to the legs of the trinacria.
In symbolism, three takes on a particular meaning, indeed, if you think about it, it is the concept on which most religions are based.
Three is perfection.
And there are also three angles of the triangle pointing upwards, a fundamental geometric figure, which symbolizes the moral stability dictated by the two basic angles and the spiritual perfection that tends towards the top. Sicily is a triangleolo)
Over all the trinacria belongs to the same family of the Swastika, symbol today associated with a macabre period in the history of man, but once considered the symbol of thel sun and cyclical change. For some centuries it was even considered the symbol of Jesus Christ.
It was also considered a symbol endowed with apotropaic powers from the Greek apotropaios, which removes evil..
The leg itself and in particular the knee was a symbol of strength, in fact it was customary for Spartan warriors to paint one on the shield.
But the origins of the three legs are plausibly to be attributed to a less esoteric aspect, in fact observing the geography of the island it is easy to notice three promontories that stand out on the island: Capo Peloro, Capo Passero and Capo Boeo.o.
It is almost universally recognized that in the center of Trinacria there is the head of Medusa, the powerful and evil Gorgon daughter of Forco and Ceto.
Around Medusa there are the plots of Perseus' adventures, l’hero who through his cunning and his strength managed to behead the Gorgon by restoring peace.
But wanting to analyze in depth the image placed on the trinacria we will realize that something is wrong..
We must use a different reading key!
Taking a step back we will realize that Sicily was influenced so much by the Greeks, who in turn were influenced by the Egyptians.
Based on this, the available elements take on a profoundly different meaning.
The snake for the Egyptians was an animal considered sacred, it in fact represented the ability ofborn again and to rejuvenate, the continuous cycle between life and death.
Analyzing the image with precision we can see four snakes in total, two in each direction. Most likely we can attribute to this symbolism the dualistic principle of the Absolute, the balance between good and evil, light and shadows.re.
Always taking as reference the Egyptian symbolism and lesoterism we can attribute the meaning of to the eagle wingsi Life force, as a spirit that wins over matter, which fits perfectly if we consider the warm temperament of the Sicilians.
Ears of wheat
This element is the one that least needs interpretation, because it is common as a symbol and obviously calls for abundance and wealth of the earth.
The dancing nymphs and the origin of the islanda
A curious and funny legend wants to explain the birth of Sicily and the reason for its beauty and wealth.
According to the myth, they lived ofnymphs who loved to go around the world, visiting the most beautiful places and taking something from time to time: ripe fruit, stones, earth.
They wanted to sing and dance without ever stopping, always looking for some place that could offer them new emotions.
One day, however, they crossed a stretch of sea where the water was particularly clear, the sky beautifully blue and the wind was light.
So they decided to start dancing, and in doing so they started throwing away everything they had collected for the world.
At that precise moment, the sea below them began to gurgl and gradually began toto emerge rich, luxuriant lands, rivers, plains and hills.
The nymphs continued to dance for days and right below them the Sicilian promontories came to life, thus giving Sicily the triangular shape that still maintains today..
Sicily: origin of the ancient name
Up to now we have considered the flag of the beautiful island in the Mediterranean.
But what does Sicily mean??
History and language experts of the past attribute the word Sicily as the union of two very ancient words: sik (the fig tree ed Elia (LUlivo..
Considerable authoritative and sensible consideration since they are two of the most luxuriant fruits on the island, but the myth offers a much more interesting version
The princess Sicily
Just like Rome, according to the myth, Sicily also has royal origins.
It is important to say it is not a myth dating back to the Magna Grecia period, in fact it isrebornin the period of the Byzantine or Saracen domination.
(Do not forget that before the island was called Trinacriaa)
The protagonist of this story is a princess called Sicily coming from the far eastern moors beyond the Mediterranean. After the first few years of his birth, an oracle was called upon.
The prophecy predicted that she would die in fifteen years under a man's attack ravenous monster, called Greco-Levante clear reference to the Byzantine empire, seen in a non-positive way by the inhabitants of the island.la).
The only solution to the problem would have been to leave before the age of fifteen, and so he did..
For three months she sailed alone for the Mediterranean sea and when she thought she had reached the end of her days, she finally landed on a flourishing and wonderful island.
Very soon she was able to feed and refresh herself, but having satisfied the physiological needs, she realized that she was still alone. He started auninterrupted crying which continued for a long time until it made all her tears wear off.
When everything seemed lost, a young man appeared to the young Sicily who explained what happened: after a plague all the inhabitants of the place had long since died.
The reason he was there on that island with him was because the gods chose them to repopulate the island. For this reason the island was called Sicily, in honor of the woman who carried the first one on her lapma newgeneration.
Clearly the legend has been readapted, in fact wanting to find more authentic roots we flow into the myth of Egesta.
She too was abandoned by her father on a boat to escape the clutches of a monster sent by Poseidon. However, driven by favorable winds, she managed to land in Sicily where she married a river god, Chrisso.