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Bòes are traditional Barbaric masks typical of the Ottana (NU) carnival, among the best known in all of Sardinia.
They represent the struggle between animal instinct and human reason. In carnival performances, in fact, the Boe is chased, whipped and captured by the Merdule, acting out furious brawls around a large bonfire in the square that has always been held on the evening of January 16.
Mostly wild pear trees are used to make the mask and there may be various decorations, the most famous of which is the flower of life, a symbol of prosperity, hope and good omen. All Bòes masks also have horns and varied floral decorations.
The costume of the Bòes is completed with white sheepskins and a cluster of shoulder bells, also called Su Erru or Su Sonazos.