| OGLIASTRA TOURISM | Official web site of Sardinia’s Ogliastra province


Go to content

Ogliastra Tourism - Sa Coja Antiga - Ussassai

EVENTS

ORGANISERS
Associazione Turistica Pro Loco Ussassai
Tel.
+39.0782.55705
Cell.
+39.334.9067997


Description of Ussassai's Sa Coja Antiga



On the wedding day, a big procession starts from the bride's house, to bring all the things (Su Beni) for the wedding. This procession involves family and friends dressed in traditional costume. The procession is led by musicians playing the launeddas and accordions, and immediately afterwards comes Sa Pandela, consisting of 3 bamboo canes bound together and decorated with Is Coccoisalcuni bread in such a way as to signify copulation, to wish the couple a fertile union. Just behind comes the bride's father who carries su caddargiu (a copper container), a woman with on her head Is cuscineras (three wide white richly-embroidered cushions, held together in a vertical stack by a white ribbon), then the maid of honour with sa caddargiola (another copper container, but smaller tha the previous one). Then follow the women in Indian file carrying on their heads asphodel or wicker baskets (is palinis) containing finely-embroidered linen. Then come the men, also in Indian file, and carrying the everyday furnishings and ornaments. An ox-drawn cart with the mattress, chairs, seats… brings up the rear of the procession.
All together, they head for the groom's house, where they find the door closed. The maid of honour knocks at the door, and this is opened by the groom's mother who asks: "E de anua eneisi?" (where do you come from?), and the maid of honour replies, "De su mari prenu," (which is like saying, "From the sea of plentyfulness."). This formulaic dialogue is repeated 3 times. After the third time, the groom's mother says, "E incui c'intreusu," (You can come in now). The whole procession files into the house, bringing all their things with them. The maid of honour gives the keys of the chest of drawers to the groom and asks him, "Os si bastada?" (Is there enough for you?). The groom answers, "No, su megliusu nci mancada!" (No, the best bit is missing). Then a second procession forms, this time made up of the groom, his sisters, cousins etc which goes to the bride's house. The bride, kneeling at the entrance to the house in front of her mother receives the traditional blessing, "In nomini de su Babbu, de Su Figliu de Su Spiridu Santu chi t'accumpangiri in beni po tottu sa fida." Finally everyone goes together to the church for the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony the newly-weds return to the groom's house for the blessing by the groom's parents.
They kneel and recite: "Perdonaiḿ chi appu mancau," (Forgive me if I have made mistakes), "Bona fortuna tengiaisi e saludi comenti disigliaisi," (May you have good fortune and good health) reply the parents. With these words the ancient ritual Sa coia antiga ussassesa finishes.

HOME | THE AREA | WHERE TO STAY | WHERE TO EAT | TOURIST PORTS | THINGS TO DO | SERVICES | EVENTS | INFORMATION | PHOTO GALLERY | PUBLICATIONS | UTILITIES | Site Map


Back to content | Back to main menu