In Zungri, good bread made like it used to be. The “Othismos Academy” recognition goes to the Asfalantea association


By John

An exciting day at “Raisina” by Zungri where, thanks to Franca Crudo with the association Asphalantea, the ancient art of grains and bread cooked in a wood-fired oven is still handed down today. An extraordinary place where the recovery of mother yeast is still practiced with its 93 years of life, Papaglionti garlic and broom scent.

Franca Crudo received a cordial visit from the president of Gal Terre Vibonesi, Vitaliano Papilloand on the occasion he also received an award (with the presentation of a special plaque) from the association Mediterranean Academy of Cultural Diplomacychaired by Giuseppe Caristena.

The “Othismos Academy” recognition

The Asfalantea association received this prestigious recognition for the following reasons:

The defense of the Calabrian territorial identity against prejudices, clichéd stereotypes and for the strengthening and strengthening of this millenary identity which over the centuries has never suffered from the consequences and effects of the numerous attempts at domination and conquest by many civilizations of the past, which have on the contrary enriched, over time, the stratification of the Calabrian cultural heritage, making it unique in the world for its richness and diversity.

The “Authentic Narration” of ancestral traditions and rites which still manages to provoke, through unique sensations such as a jolt of pride and a true satisfying sense of belonging, a profound “Human Interaction” between those present, during these particular moments of social aggregation.

The incessant activity of the Asfalantea Association aimed at the preservation and protection of traditions, values ​​and authentic principles, in the evocative setting of Zungri (VV), the Borgo di Pietra, a rare and unmissable rock settlement from the Byzantine era of the 10th-12th century . created by the Basilian Monks fleeing from the East.  For the preservation and protection of the ancient tradition of preparing Raìsina’s homemade bread, cooked in a wood oven, to enhance and promote the ancient traditions of the local culture, taking up the traditions of the grandparents, and passing them on to the new generations.

For the promotion of the Calabrian dialect, as a unique Mediterranean language with a universal message of welcome, harmony, brotherhood and peace deriving from centuries of settlements of different religious, secular and pagan cultures. The local popular identity through verbal sounds, sayings and proverbial dialects represents an invaluable intangible heritage, to be passed down through a process of social propagation to future generations in memory of our Calabrian identity roots. The intangible heritage of oral traditions and the Calabrian dialect represents an authentic mine and cultural deposit.