Sarangu – A Maltese folktale a graphic novel by Fabrizio Ellul and produced by Filfla Studio has received funding from Arts Council Malta – Project support grant. The graphic novel set in 1813 Malta during an outbreak of the Bubonic plague – which left a death toll of around 4,500 people – take inspiration from… Read More Sarangu – a Maltese folktale
FILFLA – a short animation – screened on the 5th July as part of the APS Summer Festival at the Valletta Waterfront. The festival will take place between 26th June and 18th July 2020 and will be hosting a series of cultural and entertainment activities staged along the Valletta Waterfront, intending to bring the Maltese artistic scene… Read More FILFLA screened at the APS Summer Festival
FILFLA – a short animation – will be screened on the 5th July as part of the APS Summer Festival at the Valletta Waterfront. FILFLA will be screened before the ‘Count of Monte Cristo’. Tickets can be purchased from here. The festival will take place between 26th June and 18th July 2020 and will be… Read More FILFLA to be screened on the 5th July at the APS Summer Festival
Here is a time-lapse of the concept art I produced for this Ghoul. We are also approaching the end of this research project. Would like to thank the Arts Council Malta for the research grant to work on the Sarangu’s World. Without such support this project would not have been possible. The next step is… Read More Ghoul (concept art) – time-lapse
Maltese folk world is rich in content. Shame most of it got lost. For instance one interesting aspect of Maltese folk is the upside world or ‘Id Dinja ta Taht’. Nothing to do with Stranger Things. In Stephan D. Mifsud’s ‘the Maltese Bestiary’ this world is made up of different levels: Nephilim, Bufies, Atlandide and… Read More Portals and the Upside World in Maltese folk
We are getting to understand more about the Sarangu’s World. For sure it is a strange and dangerous world inhibited by all sort of demons and ghouls. Here are some concept art I did for this project. Not all demons are dangerous. In traditional European folk, some demons – The imp or Xifajk were known… Read More Demons and Ghouls – the strange world of the Sarangu
Maltese folk is a rich and spectacular place to navigate. Most of the stories have been lost … or rather no one tells them anymore. Myths and legends derive their strength from storytelling. If people stop telling these stories then they cease to exist. I believe the history of Maltese myth has been one of… Read More Maltese folk … building a new world
From eating a hen’s neck and head, boiling of puppies and bleeding a female tortoise are among some old Maltese remedies against illnesses and the evil eye.
The ‘Sarangu’s World‘ is a research project set in 1813 Malta during the Bubonic plague pandemic with particular attention to Maltese folk. We are uploading two Maltese folktales compiled by G. Cassar. Pullicino. ‘Il Kap Ta’ Izbanduti’ and ‘Il Hrafa tax Xemx u L Qamar’ [Stories in Maltese] Download
Pretty much what you would expect … plus the death penalty! The same concept of containment of the diseases was applied then: Identify, isolate, treat. For such a system to be effective, the chain of transmission needs to be cut off. Thus, quarantine measures were applied. Among the measures the Committee of Health ordered: No… Read More How did a quarantine look like in 1800?