Sardinian mythology

The mythology Sarde est ancienne (depuis le Paléolithique inférieur) et particulièrement riche (époque ozieri, époque nuragique). Le peuplement stable de la Sardaigne résulte de mouvements de population de la culture de la céramique cardiale qui se sont produits vers 6000 av. J.-C. en provenance de la péninsule italienne. Mais il s’est poursuivi, au fil des invasions, pour donner le peuple sarde.

We can find two types of supposed origins of the name of the island. Indeed, the first, which is more of the order of the myth, comes from the term Ichnusa (Ιχνούσσα / Ichnoússa) or Sandàlion (Σανδάλιον / Sandálion) which derives from the Greek root which means trace of foot. This term refers to the shape of the island, "by the rough resemblance that the ancients found between its shape and that of the imprint of a man's foot."

But a second origin would come from a Berber chief of North Africa (ancient Libya, west of the Nile) called "Sardus, alleged son of Hercules", who established a colony in the south of Sardinia. Sardus was venerated, so much so that "statues were erected on the island, with this inscription, Sardus Pater".

Sardinian mythology

Sardinian mythology (texts)