The Misteri

“Dunzella, dunzella…. Vietenn, vietenn!”
“Girl, girl… come, come with us!”

This is the famous sentence that the Diavolo says to a young woman standing up in one of the thirteen Ingegni of MIsteri.

Let’s take a step back. What are the Misteri?

In the Middle Age, when the world is devastating by the Crusader, the feeling of belief becomes the strongest defense against bullying and cruelty of the time.

Misteri Plays were the best way to express the religious sentiment and become their self an expression of the spirit of the Gospel.

Like other Italian cities, Campobasso has its own traditions, but what gives at the Mysteries a special role here is the spectacularness of the Ingegni.

Created by Paolo Saverio Di Zinno, the Ingegni are huge machines that represent living picture from the Old and New Testaments.

There are 12 Ingegno, 12 high iron’s structures that create the deceptive feeling to see angels and demons, ladies and saints fly from earth.

The group leader shouts scannét tallért and to the beating, for three times, of the marshyreed on the base, the carriers lift the Mistero that, as for enchantment, takes life and it starts to ripple.
The music band starts to play, always the same song from years, and the Misteri begin to cross the streets of the ancient town of Campobasso.

Misteri are out in June, on the Corpus Christi Fest.