Thursday, December 7, 2017

Believed to bring bad luck, the name of this cursed village is banned in Italy

The southern Basilicata region is one of the most mythical areas and traditions throughout Italy. Most of its citizens still believe in superstition. And it makes a village there exposed to sap.

Colobraro, a settlement on a hilltop Basilicata has a reputation as a cursed village. Touted as the most unlucky village in all of Italy. It is said that the negative aura of the village makes the surrounding area to join ketiban bad luck.

Reported by BBC Travel, the bad name Colobraro makes the villagers around reluctant to mention his name. Cudd Pais or 'the village', as they call it. If Colobraro's name came to light, they quickly touched the hand to the wooden surface to resist the reinforcements.

Colobraro, Italia ©2017 BBC/Elisabetta Abrami
The village whose name can not be called this he said had become a nest of wizards until the 1950s. At that time the masciare, the witchcraft girls who controlled the entire Colobraro with their black magic. But Colobraro's unlucky reputation began only when Biagio Virgilio served as village leader. "May this chandelier fall if I say a lie," he vowed at a meeting in the neighboring village of Matera. And instantly the chandelier hanging in the middle of the room fell for no reason.

Since then, car accidents, infants have been born imperfectly, and other disasters have been linked to the plagues Colobraro and his occupants have brought.

"Don Biagio Virgilio? Of course I remember it! People are making it up, they do not bring bad luck.When there are people outside the village who experience misfortune with their car, whether the car breaks down, the tire is leaking, or the engine is broken, they always blame this village, "defended Matteo, one of the inhabitants of Colobraro.

Colobraro, Italia ©2017 BBC/Elisabetta Abrami
Most of the people of Colobraro themselves do not believe in superstitions attached to their village. To break other villagers' notion of the village, they performed dramas in 2011. They invited other villagers to witness the legend of Colobraro which included masciare (monkey), monachicchio (little monk), and lupumanare (werewolf) . Before entering the village, the settlers were provided with a cingiok, a talisman consisting of three grains of spell-repellent salt, three rosemary shoots to fight the evil spirit, and the lavender as a symbol of virtue and tranquility.

Thanks to the event, more and more visitors are coming to Colobraro. This time the superstition that includes the village is no longer a scourge, but it actually brings tourists curiosity. However, Colobraro still remains a village whose name is better not to mention.