A Word a Week Challenge: Luzzu

Here is my take on this week’s word challenge, colourful boats from the harbour in Marsaxlokk , Malta.

Maltese fishing boats called luzzu are of Sicilian origin and painted in traditional colours of red, yellow and blue. Many have the oculus, the eye of Osiris painted on the bow, a symbol believed to have been brought to Malta by the Phoenicians. The eye of Osiris is believed to be a protection from the “evil eye” that lurks around every inlet and which many Maltese of the older generation, but especially fishermen, still believe in. Each fisherman usually has his own colours, which previously belonged to his father and grandfather before him. These are very rarely changed, mostly out of superstition.

 

See A Word in Your Ear for more boat photos and to join in the challenge

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