The “masciàra” is a bad, evil, envious woman, a witch who casts the evil eye and makes children sick. At night he waits for everyone to fall asleep, climbs the roofs of the houses, undresses and sprinkles himself with a fluid. As he looks at the moon he recites a magic formula, launches himself into the void and transforms himself into a black cat. To protect yourself from her, you need to make the sign of the cross and recite an admonition: “Driana meste ca va pela vì, degghìa ngndrà Jesus, Gesèppe and Marì” (Master Diana who goes down the street, I have to meet Jesus, Joseph and Mary).

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