Into the myth of Atlas

YiS Team: Veronica Pileri


Saturday, June 1st, 2019


Into the myth of Atlas

Like a game, on the trail of the lost island.

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules there was a golden island sacred to Poseidon, god of the sea. At the height of its greatness it was lost, struck down by a catastrophic natural disaster. Myth says that it was the cradle of a powerful and original civilisation that had evolved over thousands of years and guarded the knowledge and know-how handed down from generation to generation by its inhabitants, a people of warriors, navigators and daring architects who built magnificent stone towers that had never been seen elsewhere. In the ancient world, the island was considered an earthly paradise: coastline, sea, idyllic mountains and a beautiful landscape dotted with curious black, white and red stones. A land rich in silver veins and spring waters, which rose to the surface in fonts revered as sacred and formed pools of warm water and steam, a panacea of health and beauty. Life lasted longer here, thanks also to bountiful nature and a mild climate, mild summers and winters with plenty of sunshine allowing more crops to be harvested throughout the year. A game for dreamers, following the clues left by Plato to find traces in Sardinia that lead to the island of Atlas.

Island of sacred water

Water is the transcendental dimension of Nature; when man dips his toe into the sacred well, he feels its energy and becomes the point of encounter and balance with the cosmic forces of the sky and the primordial power of Mother Earth; it is there that the divine resides.

Island of towers

There are eight thousand of them and many more yet to be unearthed, megalithic boulders joined together with no mortar, seemingly defying the laws of physics. One can easily imagine the amazement of the ancient navigators who sailed the ancient Mediterranean, only seeing the nuraghes here.

Island of warm waters

From the dawn of time, bathing in the warm spring waters of Mother Earth was a ritual of purification and not just a health and beauty practice. You will come across natural pools of hot water and steam unexpectedly among untouched natural environments.

Island of black, red, white stones

The island’s great stone heart comes from a small fragment of Tyrrhenide, the great shipwrecked continent, with porphyry and granite from the Palaeozoic, limestone, sandstone and marl from the Mesozoic, basalt and trachyte from the Tertiary, alluvial sands and dunes from the Quaternary.

Island of fresh waters

The waters do not fall by chance from the sky and then stagnate on the ground, these are divine waters created by Mother Earth. Groundwater sources were the centre of man’s life but were closely connected with the symbolic and divine side of Nature.

Island of silver veins

An ancient land that hides great riches, the Gennargentu, so imperious to the eye, hides in its rugged terrain “the paths to copper and silver”. Its treasures of minerals and metals will be sought after in every era.

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