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6/18/2013

MONTALBANO ELICONA. ANCESTRAL MEGALITHS AND MEDIEVAL PARTIES

The ancient city of Montalbano Eelicona, not far from Messina, lies about 900 meters above sea level, on the ancient Roman and medieval road that connects the Tyrrhenian coast to the Ionian north-eastern Sicily.

















Near the city, close to Malabotta Wood, lies the megalithic site named Argimusco (a natural reserve). The site covers a plateau at 1200 meters above sea level, in an area in north of Mount Etna, on the border between the Nebrodi and Peloritani appennines, from which you can enjoy a spectacular panorama.   






 
To the north, the glance passes from the green fields, towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, to reach the Aeolian Islands. To the south, over the Alcantara valley, you can see the volcano Etna. To the west you can see Capo Calavà, on the coast near Gioiosa Marea. More far there’s Cefalù. To the east you look at the Cape of Milazzo, just before the Strait of Messina, and more to the south-east, the characteristic Rocca di Novara di Sicilia.  
 




 

In Argimusco, Elmo and Losi we can see imposing structures and megaliths: menhir made ​​with granite blocks, located between majestic sandstone cliffs. These rock formations were defined stones of the giants, as interpreted as made by Neolithic men, inhabitants of Sicily in ancient times.




 






Because of this some have called the site "Italian Stonehenge" equating it to megalithic large structures megalithic of northern Europe, considering them as large stone calendars, with strange anthropomorphic and zoomorphic forms, among which: the eagle, the snake, the profile of a moai, the' praying (a woman praying also known as the Neolithic goddess), the tetrahedron, the lunar-solar observatory and the sanctuary.








If there can be no doubt that groups of larger stones, judging by their size, are certainly the work of nature, many indications say that the menhirs, the provision of some smaller stones, and the curious shapes of the praying and eagle have human origins.

 





By analyzing the archaeological site with a compass it turns out that the megalith in the shape of an eagle and the tallest menhir are aligned exactly along the east-west axis. This means that, if we are concerned with our back to the megalith called "phallic" and looking at the rock in the shape of eagle, 
in the days of the equinoxes (Spring and Autumn)  
we can see the sun directly behind it.









Between the two elements you will also find a strange stone low saddle-shaped, closer to the menhirs in L'Aquila, perfectly in line. This "should" represent the culmination of the menhir’s shadow during the sunset, in the equinoctial dates. From here the idea that the plateau, with its large stones, was formerly a place of worship, propitiation and observatory of the stars.








On the plateau, near the megalithic site, there are numerous buildings of ancient times, now almost destroyed by time and neglect of man.

It would, in Sicily, a new Indiana Jones able to decipher the meaning of these mysterious constructions, silent testimonies of life that the time could not erase.
























A REAL MEDIEVAL MARRIAGE



June 2013, in the town of Montalbano Elicona there will celebrate a special event: a young Sicilian couple celebrate a real wedding in medieval style, an event thet will be enjoyed by the entire local community, proud to take part.














There will be two rites: a classic one in the church and a medieval, in the ancient castle.







 

After the religious ceremony, in the church, there will be a pagan ceremony, according to the manners of the Middle Ages, meticulously following a ritual rediscovered thanks to the historical documents of the time.
















The great restaurant of Montalbano Elicona has created a true medieval banquet with a menu based on traditional recipes, with simples and characteristic flavours, and waiters in period costumes.









In the afternoon, after the nuptial banquet, it seems that there will be a great role-playing game, at medieval theme.












The ancient basilicas, castles with weapons and precious ornaments, the classic medieval dances and great Megaliths 
of Argimusco will be a perfect location 
for the amazing wedding photos.















The couple, fans of the novels of Tolken, have thought to a particular initiative: 








a raffle whose prize will be a Evenstar, 
the gemstone worn by elf Arwen 
in 
"The Lord of the rings ". 
A jewel in gold, made ​​entirely by hand, 
by the value of 3000 euro.










For this wedding the young couple has inspired 
by the royal marriage of 
Federico II of Aragon and Eleanor of Anjou, 
 protagonists of one of the most romantic love stories 
of Sicily.










Who knows, maybe during these celebrations, the ancient noble pair of spouses could also visit the two young newlyweds...

Then it would be a magical event!









CUCCIE DI SANTA LUCIA
 

 
Ingredients

serves 8

Ricotta cheese 1.5 Kg
500 g wheat
450 g sugar
Candied fruit 300 g
Dark chocolate 150 g
Chopped pistachios to taste
Cinnamon powder to taste
1 pinch of salt







Preparation:



Three days before the preparation of Cuccìa, put to soak the corn in water, changing the water every day.

At the end of maceration drain the wheat and put it in a pan, cover with water and add a pinch of salt.

Cook the wheat for at least 1 hour and half, then let it cool   in cooking water.

Cover with a blanket and let it sit overnight.



Put the ricotta cheese with the sugar in a large bowl and mix them with an electric mixer.

Let stand the cream cheese for about thirty minutes, then add the candied fruit cut into small cubes and dark chocolate chips.

Drain well the corn and add it to the cream, mix well, then place it in small bowls.






 

Decorations:

 It is possible to present this cake garnished with sweet cocoa powder, or chopped pistachios.

For greedy people you can add the candied fruit (as in the Sicilian cassata) or cinnamon.

Finally, put everything in the fridge for a few hours, then serve the cake cold.