chapter  244
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The Chasm—Xöni

This valley is between the mountains La Cumeta and Malanuci nearPiana de’ Greci. It is a very deep chasm destined to swallow certainunfortunate people. At night there are ghosts, specters, evil shadows, and spirits that dance around. This is why mothers prohibit their children to spend any time there, even during the day. The wild pigeons make their nests there, and despite the grave danger, the hunters lower themselves down there by a rope tied to their torso. Most of these hunters are the ones who were born on the days of Friday and on Saint Paul’s day, for these are the days that strong, robust, and invulnerable men are born. Told by an Albanian storyteller to Pitrè at Piana de’ Greci.