Minoritized languages moodboard: Sicilian

The Sicilian language (Sicilianu or Siculu), also known as Calabro-Sicilian, is a Romance language spoken in Sicily and the south of the Italic peninsula.
Sicilian has the olderst literary tradition of the Italic languages.

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How To: Traditional Sicilian Olive Oil Lamps

The following are a list of practical tips and a short history of the use of Olive Oil Lamps in the tradition of Stregoneria Siciliana.


-Never have the wick too long, the length of a pencil eraser is perfect

-Make sure that the glass receptacle is thick enough and able to handle the heat of the flame

-Tending the lamp is daily work, make sure you’re ready for the commitment, also, a pair of tongs works great when trying to fish out the cork float

-When choosing an oil to burn Vegetable Oil is the most economical, but brings with it a strong odor and burns dirty, your lamp will be covered in black soot in no time leaving your house smelling like fried chicken.

-Olive Oil burns the cleanest and is scent free (also much more traditional to the Mediterranean). However, choosing the right Olive Oil is essential. Never choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a lamp, for it won’t burn properly, instead stick to pure Olive Oil OR for a more economic choice Olive Pomace Oil. Pomace oil is the last of the oil that is left in the skins of the olives after the previous pressings. The skins are then broken down with a solvent in order to extract the oil- it’s still 100% olive oil and you can find a 3L can for much cheaper than other grades of Olive Oil.

-When first placing a new wick into the lamp choose 100% cotton wicks without the zinc core, the zinc will cause more smoke and the cotton is the more traditional choice.

-Dab a new cotton wick with a little oil before lighting it, that way it’ll burn properly instead of burning the wick right out.

On the island of Sicily, Olive Oil Lamps were often the traditional choice of devotional and functional lighting. Candles were expensive and often melted in the heat of the Mediterranean sun thus were typically impractical. However the olive, being so plentiful on the island, provided the perfect source to fuel these lamps whether for prayer or for function. The spiritual potential of these Olive Oil Lamps also greatly overshadowed that of a wax candle. With the fruit of the olive tree carrying with it the spirit of the earth from which it sprouted these lamps, in turn, truly burn with the flame of the Mediterranean lending a much deeper spiritual meaning and power with their use upon an altar. However more is still to be said about these powerful lamps! Because a Maghi’s altar is also a shrine and home to their spiritual guides, it is taught that everything placed on the altar in turn becomes sanctified itself, this is especially true of the Oil Lamp. While burning in front of the sacred effigy of a Saint the oil itself becomes sanctified with the power of that Saint. This oil can then be used to anoint and bless those that come seeking healing, protection, or freedom from malign forces. Many miracles have been reported over the millennia by those after having been anointed with Holy Lamp Oil.



Save the Date!

CalatoCraft will be returning to the New Orleans Sacred Music Festival for the 2nd year in a row! On March 11, 2017 the New Orleans Healing Center will once again play host to the 6th Annual Sacred Music Festival where musicians from all over the world will perform the healing rhythms and songs of their traditions and cultures!

I’m honored to, once again, participate in this beautiful festival and to offer the sacred healing arts of Sicily to the people of New Orleans.

This year Italy will lend yet another representative of her beautiful traditions to the New Orleans Sacred Music Festival with the powerful performances of the Pizzica Tarantata by none other than world renowned percussionist and Italian Holy Woman, Alessandra Belloni!!! The incandescent Diva Shaman herself will offer a live performance of the traditional Tarantella as well as operate a booth to talk and answer questions regarding the ancient Southern Italian healing trance dance known as the Tarantella!

So everyone come by to the 6th Annual New Orleans Sacred Music Festival and meet myself and my beautiful mentor, Alessandra Belloni, to experience the awesome healing power that the Italian countryside has to offer!