Familiarizing with customs, beliefs and omens

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Composed of many villages and small towns, customs, traditions, beliefs and natural omens are certainly present throughout history and every day subsistence. It is not unusual to find large trees in front of churches, or to have heard shepherds speak on the flight of birds, measuring omens and hearing thunder and roars announcing forthcoming deaths. Superstitutions and religion mingle, and traditions very much alive, portray a definite desolation through the Corsican traditional music and polyphonic singing. Being a highly Christian island, pilgrimages, festivals and processions occupy a noted importance in daily life...

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What about endemism in Corsica?

Mouflon12Each region possesses its variety and exclusiveness as regards to what is ‘naturally’ present

This is declared as ‘endemic’ and Corsica has a high rate of endemism. Approximately 280 species and sub species of plants, of which 140 are located in Corsica, and 80 in Sardinia highlighting the fact of the importance of this area in the persistence of species. The abundance of soils, insularity and climate variation influence the ecosystems. If you are lucky and also patient, on one of your walks up the mountains, you may see a Corsican mouflon! Molluscs, insects, butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds (fauna/flora)...

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Introducing two prominent characters: Napoleon and Pascal Paoli

If we were to choose the two major representatives of Corsican history

Napoleon  Pascal-PaoliThe choice would undoubtedly lean towards Napoléon Bonaparte and Pascal Paoli. Both admiration and rivalry bore within the two parties. During his youth, Napoleon greatly admired his elder Paoli, who appeared quite indifferent and at times quite cold towards him. It would appear, a certain rivalry existed between the families, along with their divergency of ideas concerning Corsica. Finally exiled to St Helena, an island in the middle of the South Atlantic, Napoleon remained there until his death in 1821. With regards to Pascal Paoli, when the island was re-occupied by France he went into exile in Britain where he died in 1807...

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Revealing certain aspects of ongoing cultural attractions

Culture-wise, there is more to it than expected     Napoleon's house

A wide range of activites throughout the year enables you to participate and enjoy what the island offers. In recent years, an effort to promote the international cinematographic scene has seen its appearance, where continual showings of the most recent films can be appreciated in their original version – it is not unusual to discover festivals periodically: Italian, Spanish, English, Russian and other choices from all over the world. This in itself is a major achievement in a small island where up to a certain moment, one could only count on ‘maybe’ some recent ‘hits’ – over time, I will be posting information/reflections on the festivals, of course.
Pottery, painting, jewelry, cutlery, leather, and the manufacturing of luths ....

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Art in Corsica

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The influence of Baroque Art

It would appear in the middle of the 17th+18th centuries, and under the influence of Genoa, Baroque Art predominated Corsica. The artists possessed a specific style and have been known to influence other artists in fact. We could say, there were two predominating periods: the pre-Romanesque and the Pisan, and to this day certain monuments are still in existence, one of the finest examples would be the Baptistery of St John the Baptist, situated in Corte.

The islands principal art gallery would undoubtedly be the Fesch Museum, in Ajaccio, where an impressive and also permanent collection of Italian art can be viewed, dating from the 14th century...

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