THE BAREFOOT RUN (CORSA DEGLI SCALZI)

The Barefoot Run (Corsa degli Scalzi) is well known in Sardinia for the traditional celebrations in honor of Saint Saviour (San Salvatore di Sinis) that take place between the months of August and September. The feast, which involves the whole Cabras community, derives from an ancient event partly enveloped in the legend. According to the tradition around the 14th century, during a sudden Saracen incursion into the village, the statue of the saint was brought to safety by men and women, running barefoot, towards the town of Cabras.

The celebrations begin with the procession of the women who, showing off their traditional Sardinian costume, lead the small statue of Santu Srabadoeddu from the town of Cabras to the village of San Salvatore, in a swirl of colours, voices and prayers.

The Cumbessias (traditional houses) are opened, the Novenas in traditional language begin, the village comes alive with the faithful and the visitors waiting for the Barefoot Run.

It is precisely the first weekend of September, in fact, that the feast is at the peak of the whole event. On Saturday morning, hundreds of men, boys and children, dressed in a white tunic, dissolve their votes, and run barefoot bringing the statue of Santu Srabadoi to the small villageThe statue stays in the small church until the next Sunday evening and is left there until it's brought back to the parish of Santa Maria Assunta in Cabras.


THE VILLAGE OF SAN SALVATORE

The village of San Salvatore was born in the Middle Ages. Owes its name to the homonymous rural church, under which there is an ancient hypogeum: an underground pagan sanctuary that records some religious overlays. Around the church, at the end of the 17th century, several rural dwellings were built, so-called Cumbessias, linked to the world of peasants. The village owes in part its fame to the similarity with the Mexican landscapes, thanks to several movies that were filmed here between the 60s and the 70s, during the phenomenon of Spaghetti Western.

 

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