SARDINIA’S SACRED WATER
Water has always being central to all civilizations. That’s even more true for the ancient Nuragic civilization that called Sardinia home about 3.000 years ago.
If this is your first encounter with this mysterious civilization, then figuring out to what extent water played an important role in their life is a first step in learning about Sardinia’s glorious past.
And learning about their civilization might make you reconsider some aspect of your daily life.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
Since the very beginning, water has been essential to life. As man and civilizations evolved, access to water secured not only the survival of humans but also the breeding of animals and the success of farming.
THE SYMBOLS OF WATER
Symbolically, water is strictly connected with the mystery of life.
Animals and humans come to life surrounded by water (placenta). Seeds only become plants when water is added to the soil.
However, while fire is connected with the male aspect of life water represents its feminine characteristics.
In fact, water comes from the deep within the earth.
One way ancient civilizations have found to represent the female character of water is through the use of triangles, which can easily recall to mind the female genitals.
So while you’ll find most entrances to sacres wells in the form of a triangular staircase, the external structure is usually in the shape of a cone – representing the male element associated with life.
As water brings life, it was used in rituals to renew a life, give more life or youth.
However, only if correctly prepared could one access the benefits of sacred water.
That’s why pilgrims had to travel to a sanctuary and reside there for long periods of time so as to purify their soul before accessing the water rituals.
THE CULT OF WATER IN SARDINIA
The great Nuragic civilization – whose mysteries archaeologists scientists are still discovering – placed water at the center of its rituals.
All major Nuragic cities had a temple dedicated to water or had a sacred well.
Some cities even built complex structures dedicated to the cult of water.
That’s why we can find water amphiteathers, sacred wells doubling up as moon observatories, aqueducts and even saunas.
A thousand years after the Nuragic civilization, the Romans introduced their baths in Sardinia.
Still, legends about the healing properties of certain wells persisted through the centuries.
On your journey exploring the ancient cult of water in Sardinia, you’ll discover the most fascinating examples of structures and rituals.
And if you are lucky enough, to unveil some of its secrets.
Here below you’ll find some pointers to your personal exploration.
You may choose to visit them all or just pick your favourite. It doesn’t really matter, because all of them share the same ancestral reverence towards the source of life. And it’s something we still feel rooted deep into our being.