There are a lot of customs in Corsican people's daily life, and they worth the detour. Come live our traditions and share very specials moments.
“L’ochju” (evil eye) is an ancient belief in Corscia. Various amulets exist to ward off the jinx : coral, Saint Lucy’s eye, salt, “do horns” (with the hands, make a sign downwards, which represent horn’s form) … To remove “l’ochju” it needs a “signatore” (kind of faith healer) who, by dint of prayers and rituals, exorcize the affected person.
This knowledge is pass down during Christmas night. Faith healing needs to be learnt, but it’s a gift before everything, which is not granted to everybody. It can works only if you truly believe… Most often, envy and jealousy are causing the evil eye, that’s why children and happy people are the most vulnerable.
On the occasion of the Palm Sunday, a lot of Corsicans wave their “crucette” (little cross) for it can be bless by the vicar. Then, those crucette are kipped as lucky charms until the next year, and they will be burned at the end of each year. Each one keep them as he please : hanged on the wall, in a drawer… and it’s not rare to see cars with crucette on the rear-view mirror.
Crucette are made with branches removed in the heart of the palm trees. It’s a know-how passed down from generation to generation. The braiding go from simple cross to more difficult forms, like a campanile or a fish. A branch’s piece of oliver tree can also be grip on it.