Saturday, July 1
the story of the pierced mountain
Once upon a time, many years ago on the 2nd July, the Madonna and the Devil were on holiday together in Positano. The beach was very crowded, so they decided to go for a stroll in the mountain pathways near the Village-above-Pos, admiring the wonderful views along the way.
But while they were walking they started to argue. The Devil said that he was stronger than Madonna, but she disagreed and insisted that she was the strongest. Now, instead of sitting down and having an arm wrestling contest, which would have been the sensible thing to do, one of them came up with the idea of punching a hole through the mountain.
So they stood side by side and started throwing punches at the mountain. The Devil made a small dent, and so did Madonna. They punched again, rock fell away, residents of the small village below dived into their houses and quaked in fear (presumably). The Devil threw one last mighty punch but his hand was now throbbing, so he slunk off to get some ice and bandages. Madonna threw another punch, and believe it or not her hand made an absolutyely enormous hole through the rock and came out wiggling the other side! Thole was so huge that you could drive a juggernaut through it...if there was a road there.
Well that proved it! Madonna was the strongest and her prize was to rule the world, and she got to banish that devil creature too. The locals were so happy that they changed the name of the Village-above-Pos to Montepertuso, Pierced Mountain. And every year on the 2nd July they throw a party in the village to celebrare the victory of the Madonna. They dress up in costumes and have a candlelight procession up to the hole where they then usually set the whole mountainside on fire with badly placed fireworks.
Or something like that.
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