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Catacombs and carnival

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Angela Gradillas

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Catacombs and carnival

Catacombs & Carnival
Palazzo
Hundreds of years ago, wealthy Italians buried their dead in vaults beneath their grand houses called
palazzos
.
Catacombs
These underground vaults, also called
crypts
or
catacombs
were cool and dark. Great for storing the bones of your ancestors.
Cask, Nitre
These cool, damp tunnels were also great places to store their wine
casks
. Unfortunately, the walls grew a white, unhealthy substance called
nitre
.
The wine was stored in barrels, or
puncheons
, which held 72-100 gallons, or in
pipes
that held 126 gallons.
Wines
Connoisseurs
, or experts, of the fine
vintages
would collect wines like
Amontillado, DeGrave,
and
Medoc
.
Carnival
The story takes place in the catacombs during Carnival (also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday.
Costumes
A man might dress up as a jester and wear
motley
, or
parti-striped dress
. On his head might be a
conical cap
with bells.
It is a time when people wear masks and have fun because during Lent they must fast and do penance for their sins.
Masquerade
Motley
Parti-striped dress
Roquelaire
or cape
A Palazzo
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