National Geographic : 1916 Aug
A LOVE SONG ON THE LAUNEDDA This Sardinian musical instrument bears a striking resemblance to the pipes of the ancient Greeks. The serenader is wearing a sheep skin mantle, which, in addition to being his "Sunday best," is his talisman to ward off fevers. A SARDINIAN MAIDEN Not only in their features, butintheir language, dothenatives retain traces of the many races which have occupied theisland through the centuries-Phoenicians,Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, Italians, and Spaniards.. Many dialects arespoken, butItalian isnow taught in the schools, and the menacquire theofficial language during their period of compulsory military service.