Sicilian symbolism: “The Trinacria: History and Mythology.”


Such a symbol would interest me even if I didn’t live in a city that now must abide with an anchor as its woeful metaphor.

Here’s a bit about the food in Catania, where we’ll be soon, licking wounds and drinking wine after the conclusion to America’s stupidest ever election: What to Eat in Sicily.

Back to the symbol …

The Trinacria: History and Mythology, by Ninni Radicini

The symbol of the Hellenic nature of Sicily

The symbol of Trinacria is now known because in the flag of Sicily and that of the Isle of Man. Its history is complex and in some ways still shrouded in mystery, or at least in indeterminacy, as it relates to mythology. The Trinacria, symbol of Sicily, is composed of the head of the Gorgon, whose hair is entwined serpents with ears of corn, from which radiate the three legs bent at the knee. The Gorgon is a mythological figure who, according to the Greek poet Hesiod (VIII – early VII century B.C.), was each of the three daughters of Ceto and Phorcys, two gods of the sea: Medusa (the Gorgon for excellence), Stheno (“strong”), Euryale (“the large”).