National Geographic : 1923 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ARITZO PEASANTS PLAYING THE SOUTHERN ITALY GAME O "MORRA" The. players try to guess the number of 'fingers held out at the instant the hand: is thrown forward. It is a favorite game in the drinking places and/at fetes, but is prohibited in some cities in Italy on account of the quarrels which result. aromatic herbs, with flocks of goats pas turing on bafren slopes. Then tliere are Oliena, with the re splendent cosftmes of its inhabitants, and Fonni and Orgosolo and Desulo, the sad village lost in, the. solitude of woods, S where dwell the most beautiful women in Sardinia, all dressed in red, a color which becomes a mass of flame when a proces sion of praying women is projected against the intense green of the chestnut woods. In the district called Ogliastra are Lanusei, Arzana and Villagrande, villages Even the peculiar which command ex tensive and magnifi cent views-a series of hills towering one be yond the other as far as the sea which washes the shore of Tortoli. On the western side is the marshy district of Oristano, so power ful and important when Eleonora d'Ar borea reigned, and near at hand Cabras, a village situated on the shore of a large pool, rich in fisheries, but unhealthy, where, in the summer months, malaria kills many of the inhabitants. The villages in this part of Sardinia are almost all in miserable condition, for the delta of the Tirso is very unhealthy. But when the great irrigation works are finished its course will be better regulated, and it is be lieved that dread ma laria will disappear. There one sees pale girls, with fevered eyes as black as a raven's wing. They are barefooted and wear a colorless cos tume as somber as their countenances. head-dress, which con- sists of a bright yellow kerchief tied under the chin, serves but to render the faces more sad and pale. What a differ ence between them and the pink-cheeked, blue-eyed, black-haired girls of the moun tain district! Yet both are daughters of the same land. BREAD-MAKING IS AN IMPORTANT OPERATION One of the most important operations in Sardinian villages is making bread, for it is the chief food of the peasants.