Ardia di Sedilo edizione 2015
Inspired by the appearance of the Cross during the night, the young Emperor gave orders that a cross bearing the words “In hoc signo vinces” (in this sign you shall win) should be emblazoned on his soldiers’ shields. The following year, Constantine promulgated in Milan the Edict which put an end to the persecution of the Christians. At Sedilo this Roman Emperor is known by the name of Santu Antine.
The origin of the celebration at Sedilo is li
On 6 July pandelas and iscortas, fearless horsemen accompanied by standards, protect the leader of the race and his standard against the other riders. ‘Ardia’ comes from the verb ‘“bardiare”, protect or preserve. This is why every effort must be made to avoid sa prima pandela – the leading horseman – being overtaken, as this would mark the victory of the pagans over the Christians. Sedilo is the stage where this fight is played out: the streets of the old town centre, the countryside and Su Frontigheddu, the hilltop overlooking the sanctuary of Santu Antine. Here the horses are spurred on along a rising and falling course on uneven and dangerous terrain. The horsemen ride slowly seven times round the church, and then gallop once again towards Sa Muredda, a round space with a cross at its centre.
In this one-act play, the pla