S’a nè daré ‘r ben d’i morti, i’ pregren per i vostri morti, chi ‘n ghen’ à gi’en tuti porchi.
Ibambini di Bolano interpretano le anime dei morti che vagano per BOlano alla ricerca dei ben d’i morti
That is “If you give us the good of the dead, we will pray for your dead, and those who do not are all pigs”. So the Mnà in procession from the church of Santa Maria Assunta they open the windows of the houses, from which they rain all the offers, just the “Ben ‘of the dead”, prepared in their wait, to cancel the shame of being assimilated to pigs in front of everyone. The souls then head towards the main square of the village, where a large table awaits them with warm bread, chestnuts and wine and a large lantern that illuminates the night of the dead.
Dinner with the dead, a ritual that celebrates life
The convivio with the dead souls explains perhaps the term Mna, really peculiar: one can perhaps think of a origin of the term linked to the Maenads, the Greek term to define the bacchantes, the women who idolized Dionysus, god of life force: the joy of living, of being together, of finding oneself in the name of good food and bon-drink, so dear to the life of the village of Bolano as of many other villages, wins over death.
During dinner, the most characteristic characters of the history of the village are evoked, but also of the present with an animated reconstruction in costume. Often the most prominent personalities of the village ask about the souls of these characters.
Later, the souls are taken back to their place, the cemetery.
Cover photo: Convivia Bolano