The BADALISC (also BADALISK) is a mythical creature of the Val
Camonica , in the southern central Alps . The
According to legend the
In the village square (formerly in a stable) the Badalisc's speech
(la 'ntifunada) is read, in which the mythological animal gossips
about the community. The
The speech is followed by singing, dancing and feasting. In the
evening the community eats the "
On the second day, at the end of the exhibition, the
The ritual has strong similarities with the Bosinada, Bosinade or Businade, satirical performances of prose, poetry or song, in which a storyteller (the Bosin) denounced the misdeeds of the community. Known from the 16th century, these were once widespread throughout northern Italy and derived from the purification rituals of New Year\'s Eve .
Any link between the Badalisk of Andrista and the mythical Basilisk
(half lizard, half serpent, with a head like a cat, but squarer, like
a toad) that incinerates everything on which it rests its gaze (well
The capture of the
People listening to the "Badalisc's speech"