The Run of the Barefooted

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The first Sunday of September, Cabras celebrates its long lasting tradition.
A large mass of barefoot runners takes delivery of the wooden statue of “Santu Srabadori” (Saint Salvatore), and leads it from the parish of Santa Maria Assunta (Cabras) to the church of San Salvatore, located in the homonymous peninsula. The large group of young, white dressed, barefoot penitents carry the Holy One on their shoulders through the trails: surrounded by the stubble and pastures, they will run for 12 miles.

This event dates back to 1619 and supposedly simulates the rescue of the statue from the invasion of the Moors. According to the legend, the barefooted, used tied branches in place of footwear, in order to raise more dust as possible to look more numerous and scare the invading Saracens. This trick worked and they managed to save the statue.

Theatre of this folk-religious manifestation is the town of Cabras, in the Sinai Peninsula, a plain surrounded by ponds and hills sloping towards beautiful beaches.