As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
Hey, sorry if this is a little pointless, but does anyone else have an Italian horn? I have my great grandfathers, I wear it all the time. I was actually surprised to see sombody else in my school with one! (I live in Maine, so the Italian population is pretty low)
and is it ture that you can only get them in Italy?
Oh yeah. Sadly, I'm not very eduacate on Italy itself, so sory if this is a ignorant question:
I have heard that Northern and Southern Italians have a very different appearence, and differnt culture, is this true? and what are the differences?
When I was younger I used to wear my horn and my cross together. Hmm - I wonder what the church has to say about that
There are quite a few difference between the northerners and southerners. I don't know if that is still true in Italy today, but to an extent, immigrant communities are almost a sort of microcosm of what Italian attitudes were like many many years ago. In short, they have kept the values of the ancestors who left perhaps 100 years ago, and there was then suspicion between the groups. In Scotland, there are many Italians from north and south - BUT they tend to marry within their own groups. There is very little intermixing. Is that true elsewhere anyone
nuccia wrote:No, there is one horn..one anchor and a heart (I can't remember for sure)..the horn can be worn separately and often is...or can be worn as a trio..they stand for hope, faith and charity...
So it has come to my attention that the Italian horn...looks like a sperm.... to put it bluntly. I knew it did, but it never bothered me because hey its my culture, and my great grandfathers, so its like a memory of him--and obviously its not a replica of a sperm. But today, and recently many people have wondered why I am 'wearing a sperm charm'
So anyways, I am going to continue to wear it, BUT are there any other good luck symbols (sayings too I guess) just for future refernce if wanted to get a tattoo or something...?
The horn is separate and can be worn separately but could be worn with the hope faith and charity charms.
Now, just as a side note...has anyone ever seen the old Archie Bunker episode where Archie's Italian neighbor gives him the mal'occhio (corni, hex,) for picking on his wife...?? Rerun was on last night. Just priceless!
the horn, in Italy, have same meaning, in north and in south...... it is a superstition about the envy.. so .......to make the horns with hand it means "to cross" ... "to eliminate" the envy... another gesture, similar and with same meaning is to touch the "intimate parts"... better if male's parts... suanj