Culture by Nature

Cuore verde tra due laghi
Cuore verde tra due laghi

The Wild Man

The residents and peasants of this place have great faith in miracles, traditions, and legends handed down by word of mouth.
The legends of the wild man are told widely throughout the Alps: the wild man is said to have a body covered in thick hair that renders the use of clothing unnecessary; endowed with rationality, he is more ingenuous and simple than the civilized man, but is also much better at certain activities, such as farming.

In the Vergante region they tell of the “Doni Doni”: it is said that there was a wild man who lived in the forest, and in the evenings he would present himself at local houses, in search of food and company.

One night the Doni Doni saw through the window of a house a table set with delicacies, so he hid above the grate of the chimney and began to chant, “Doni, Doni, God recommends him to you; if you don’t believe me, look at my leg,” and he let fall from the chimney a leg; the women, frightened, fled.