Sunday, 9 September 2012

Vistu

Maltese Death, Mourning, and Funeral Customs
A. Cremona
"Folklore"  Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec. 31, 1923)

© Godric Godricson


"Mourning customs in Malta have during the last century passed through wide changes and, as in other European coun- tries, have reverted to a more simple type. Some are purely mediaeval, and are influenced by the prolonged intercourse with Sicily and Italy during the rule of the Grand Masters. The vernacular term for mourning is vistu, corresponding to the Sicilian visitusu (" to be in mourning ")".

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