They have nothing to do with the revised and reinterpreted traditions... the masks of Sardinia and their rituals linked to Carnival have their roots in the mists of time. While elsewhere the period preceding the awakening of nature is experienced as a moment of unanimous joy, the climate of the ‘carnivals’ here is bittersweet, just like it was originally: primordial fears, the power of Nature, death and the Afterlife, the divine and the supernatural. The masks are made of wood, carved by highly skilled ‘masters’. They have also maintained their superstitious symbolism intact and it is said that it is good luck to have one in your home. You can find them in the artistic handicraft shops and in the little shops of sos maistos in Mamoiada, Orani, Oristano and Ottana, some of the most famous places that have preserved and handed down their ancient use intact.