I am black but beautiful

Nigra sum, sed formosa = I am black but beautiful… From the Song of Songs, 1:5. The Black Madonna of Tindari is celebrated today, September 8. Black Madonnas, which are found throughout the Mediterranean basin, are venerated in localities where ancient goddesses such as Artemis, Isis, Venus, Persephone, Cybele, and Mater Dea were worshiped for centuries….

In Sicily, meeting a goat in unexpected places isn’t so uncommon. #goat #capra #tindari #patti #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #siciliaph #siciliafoto #igerssicilia #instasicilia #sicilytravel #experiencesicily

The extraordinary Sanctuary of the Black Madonna at Tindari houses the mysterious Byzantine statue brought from the east at an “unknown time” in history. Citizens and pilgrims of Tindari celebrate her feast day on September 8. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #tindari #blackmadonna #patti #madonnanera #sanctuary

The Black Madonna of Tindari

Legend is that no one knows from where the statue of the Black Madonna of Tindari originated; However, her sanctuary, perched atop a magnificent seaside promontory, was, since ancient Greek times, the site of a temple dedicated to the Earth goddess Cybele. Scholars believe the cult of the Black Madonna to be the descendants of…