Corsica Local Customs

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Corsica Local Customs

  • The tradition of the Mazzeri - Soul...

    Corsica has been a slow converter into Christianity, and many Corsicans still believe that a host of immaterial beings surround them, ghosts, spirits, often seen as the harbingers of death. Underlying these ancient beliefs is the concept of a dual universe - physical and spirit realm. Unlike Christianity, many Corsicans believe that the spirit is...

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  • FLNC

    Writing a few lines about the Front National de Libération de la Corse cannot be avoided when writing about Corsica, but nothing really political here, except that people who try to keep free have my respect, even I do not share their views on the way they do it most times. . . . I wrote here about resistance in the Niolu tips, and here is a bit...

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  • People of Niolu

    Not far from the entrance of the Santus Franciscus Niolensis monastery, is a small monument with a plaque reminding resistance days of the Niolu region (picture 2); here it says:” Corsican, don’t forget”, and it tells about patriots who have been hanged (it was before the invention of the Guillotine) by the occupation forces on June 23rd, 1774. . ....

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  • Muuuu...

    Another lovely family on the road...:)Stay attention when you drive, these animals are completely free and usually there's no relative signs on the roads.

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  • Beeeee...

    I was so excited that we met THEM, my SISTERS!!! beeehh... I'm born in the year of Goat, so every time I see some goats or sheeps on the road (like in Greece and obviously in Corsica), I know that my trip fellow will shout "look, your sisters!"... And it's always nice to meet someone from your family, no?:)

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  • LOCAL LANGUAGE

    5 DAYS IN CORSICA Need to find a hotel in Bastia for the night of 29 and 30 Jun: EASY I SUGGEST THIS HOTEL ALSO I HAVE NEVER BEEN AND I HAVE NO "SHARES" IN IT SO IT IS JUST A SELECTION AMONG ALL THE MANY HHOTELS THEREhttp://www.bestwestern-corsica-hotels.com30 Jun - Bastia. I want to learn the dialect an American tourist can use anywhere on the...

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  • Old Houses

    In Corsica, it seems that old houses don't die. They just linger. One of my first views of Corsica was an old half-ruined house beside the airport. I kind of liked this aspect of Corsica. The old houses give Corsica a certain character.

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  • Corsican Identity

    Corsican's are really proud of their identity and their island. Corsican culture is its own animal, and the language is a lot closer to Italian than French.The place in the picture is Ponte Novu where the French defeated the Corsicans and gained control of the island. The white flag in the picture has the severed head of an Arab chief on it. This...

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  • The Corsican Lanugage

    Before the Romans came along, according to archeologists, Corsican was a non-indo-European language that resembled Basque. Over the generations Latin evolved into a langauge close to medieval Tuscan Piestoain - Corsu. It was mostly conserved in oral traditions and had very little written tradition The north and south now differ in their dialects....

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  • Pascal Paoli and the Corsican Nation

    Pascal who? The French destroyed the 1st secular republic, & tried to erase traces of it & its founder. As J.J.Rousseau said: I have a certain presentiment that one day this little island will astonish Europe (1769 The Social Contract)! All this due to Pascal Paoli, in Corsican, Pasquale; the younger (of 4) born in humble Morosaglia (see section)...

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  • The official language is french

    The official language is French.Only women are regular church goers and men only enter the church during festivals.It is customrary to give a tip of about 10% to waiters and taxi drivers.Here is Vieux Port.

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  • o babu di a patria

    it's quite common to see pictures of Pascale Paoli.He was the man who made the first (and only) corsican constitution in the mid-late XVIII century and he's still called "u babu di a patria", the father of corse. Indipendence is in corsica still an hot matter even though young people is feeling more "french" in the last years. Do not joke on the...

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  • Meeting 'True Corsicans' you should know...

    'True' (non-violant) Corsicans are fighting :- for the respect and expansion of Corsican national identity- for the recognition of the Corsican people, and of its national rights- for the control by the Corsican national community of its further development in the economic, social, and cultural fields. The picture shown is of the extremist,...

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  • E Corne...

    E corne, the horns, are a sign made by a clenched fist with the index and little fingers outstretched to make like a head with horns to defend yourself against the Evil Eye:'Inuchjatura' or 'ghjettatura' or simply the 'Eye' - l'ochju. This symbol is frequently worn as a talisman.The Evil Eye can be imparted without malice by accident, for example...

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  • Independant Corsica...

    The 'Testa di Moru', the black Moor's head on a white background forms the national flag of Corsica.The Moor's head with a white bandeau was adopted by Pasquale Paoli in 1762 as the official emblem of independent Corsica. It was inherited from the kings of Aragon, who were invested with Corsica by the Pope in the Middle Ages. The Aragonese never...

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  • Public Holidays: 1 January -...

    Public Holidays: 1 January - New Year's Day *March/April - Easter Monday *1 May *Ascension Day *Whit Monday *14 July - National Holiday *1 November - All Saints *11 November - 1918 Armastice *12 December - not official yet, but attempts are being made for a nationalist day. *25 December - Christmas *

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  • Tipping is normally expected...

    Tipping is normally expected in restaurants and hotels even though a service charge is included in the bill. Taxi drivers and tourist guides expect tips too. 10% is the average amount given.

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  • French is the official...

    French is the official language in Corsica but Corsicans also speak their own dialect which is a mixture of French and Italian. I was a little worried about going to Corsica and having problems with the dialect but it was fine when I was there. Apart from road signs having French and Corsican names on them, the dialect wasn't really noticeable and...

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  • KISS KISS! The first thing I...

    KISS KISS! The first thing I noticed about Corsican culture is the way people greet each other with a kiss on each cheek. I found this very strange and hard to get used to. I hated it! After a while, I got used to it, especially after realising I got to kiss every good looking french man I met!

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  • Businesses and shops are...

    Businesses and shops are usually open from 9 - noon and then again from 3 or 4 till 7. On a Sunday, most places are closed though bakeries are often open in the morning. In peak season, times may vary.

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