LAKE PERGUSA

If you go to Sicily, don’t miss visiting Lake Pergusa near my hometown Enna. It is not an ordinary stretch of water but a place full of energy. Sometimes its waters become red like blood.

According to mythology this is the place where Pluto the God of the underworld abducted Kore while she was plucking flowers along with other nymphs. Kore was Demeter’s daughter, the goddess of agriculture.

On the slopes of the hill there is a forest of pine trees, eucalyptuses and cypresses. Walking there, you can breathe pytoncide which has a healing power.

Pergusa is the only natural lake in Sicily and a few years ago it seemed to be dry completely. Nowadays there is a considerable amount of brackish water. There is no fish except tadpoles from which frogs derives. They are so numerous that they spread across the motor-racing track that rings the lake.

Nowadays, there are not many car races anymore and the place has returned to the primeval silence. Was it Demeter’s will?

Ettore Grillo author of  A Hidden Sicilian HistoryImageImage

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