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The 18th century was the period of the wittiest and subtlest riddles and, once again, it was the fair sex, the women to be entitled to hand down and keep our local " nduvinaglie". The Neapolitan riddles, enigmatic and erotic, are the mirror of an imagination and a malice that southern people have always showed in a free and easy way.


Nun è figlio e nun è pate,
ma da isso 'a mamma è nata.

He's not a child nor a mother
but from him the mother was born.


'Mmiez 'a lo vuosco de 'ntantarantà
na bella nenna sperduta sta,
tène 'a cammisa chiù ghianca e chiù rossa: si l'anduvine le cadono l'ossa.

In the 'ntantantà wood
there's a lovely little being:
its cover is mostly white and mostly red: if you guess, it will loose its stone.


Nun so' femmena e porto 'a vesta,
songo pate e nun so' pate:
si murite nun faccio festa,
ma me faccio na cantata.

I'm not a woman but wear a gown
I'm a father, not mother,
if you die I won't make celebrations
but will sing a song.


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