L'Albaluccia - The Four-leaf Clover

The name ALBA LUCCIA comes from the Sardinian Dialect Alba=Grass - Luccia=Shining wich means in italian language Four-leaf Clover. In the past a lot of people use to go in search of the four-leaf clover with the belief that if they would find it they would be able to solve their problems especially of economic nature. The very rare grass, named alba luccia (shining), was supposed to be hand picked up in the morning of the Holy Day of Saint Giovanni Battista, before the sunrise; with the grass a "Charm" would be created and this would be constantly worn as a necklace. The person who would wear it, wouldn't have terrifying appearances never again, wouldn't have any bad experience and wouldn't be afraid of anything.

The morning of Easter, before the sunrise, the shepherd would make the goats go out from their fence. He would observe carefully the behaviour of a young chaste goat, if this one would get down on its knees, that would mean that it has found the grass "luccia" and it was grazing it. The person who would find the grass "luccia", was supposed to swallow immediately a leaf of it, to hide another in a hole of the house's wall (in the outside) and to keep in the same house the two remaining leafs and take care of them. This would bring a lot of luck to the person who had found the grass and to the rest of the family.

Lu Monti di Luchia  -  Mount of Luchia

The Mount situated right behind our B&B, with a prominence that reminds the shape of a bear, it is called "Lu Monti di Luchia". Luchia use to live in Palau, she was a property owner famous for her greed and bad behavioiur towards beggars and poor and unfortunate people. To punish her greed, God transformed all the produce of her work and all her properties in rocks and sand, and in the end, because of her hardness of heart, God decided also to turn Luchia into a granite rock.  In fact still these days, in the Mount of Luchia, exist the archological rests of an imposing "Nuraghe" (Ancient Tipycall Sardinian build construction). In the '40s a group of empty-headed coming from Olbia, with shovels and pickaxes turned up side down the "Nuraghe" looking for a hidden treasure.

*Texts taken from the book by Quintino Mossa "La Rula".

 

L'Alba Lccia

Una lta li passni in clca di lu trivddhulu a cattru frndi rani abbddhu, palch cunvinti chi aarani fattu la s fultuna. L'Alba rara abbddhu chi si li daggja lu nmmu di "Alba Lccia", si da cilc e accuddh la mani matina di Santu Gjuanni primma d'isc sli; fatta dapi una punga, chista da sse pultata smpri a lu cddhu: ca pulta "la punga! no vida "una spirinza mala" e no puda a nisciun malu e nisciun timri.

La mani matina di Pasca d'abbrili, primma d'isc sli, si bucani li capri da la mandra. Si da figgjul cu' attinzioni si "una turccia chi no aa fattu fdu" (una capra ciana chi ancra no aa fiddhatu), si fssia ingjinucchjata; chistu ula d ch'aa autu l'alba lccia e l' ra pascndi.

Siddhu s'agatta un fundu d'alba lccia, una frnda da esse inguddhita, un' alta cuata in unu stampu di lu muru di la casa (da la palti di fra), l'alt'e dui adduccati illa mattssi casa. Fndi cuss sara stata la fultuna di ca l'aa agattata e di la s familia

Lu Monti di Luchia

Lucha era Palasa. Du, pal castic a Lucha di l'avarizia chi aa, furrisi tutti li so' csi in ptra, rna e pulvariccia e alla fini, fsi divint a iddha mattssi di ptra

Tamb in Monti Canu si po' vid ancra oggji lu mnti di Lucha. Innantu v'ra un nuracu cu' lu mattssi nmmu. Illu coranta, tanti macchi d'olbisi vinisini cun pali e piccni a cilc un suiddhatu e svultulsini ptra innantu a ptra innant'a Lucha fatta a mnti.

 

B&B Albaluccia

Loc. Maltineddu - 07020 Palau (OT)

Sardegna - Italy

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