‘O Curniciello. The Neapolitan tradition of lucky horn

A symbol of prosperity

The Neapolitan lucky horn, known in Naples as Curniciello, is a unique amulet said to bring luck and protection, is dear to the hearts of Neapolitans and has become well-known all over the globe. In this article, we will explore the history, features, and rituals around the Neapolitan horn to understand its importance better and use.

Ancient Roots: Phallic Symbolism and Cavemen

Ancient myths about the Neapolitan lucky horn may be traced back to both Greek legends and the practices of our distant ancestors in the Stone Age. According to Greek mythology, the horn represents good fortune and fertile offspring since it is Priapus’ phallus.

Archaeologists have discovered similar symbols at Pompeii and Herculaneum, affirming the ongoing significance of this ancient depiction.

Moreover, even in 3500 BC, cave dwellers contributed to the evolution of the practice. They believed the horns of the animals they killed would provide them with protection and power, so they hung them over the entrances to their caves.

Viking Warriors and the Rise of the Neapolitan Lucky Horn

Lucky horns gained more and more importance over time. The Viking troops imitated their superiors and began showing off their horns. Artisans also fashioned the first versions of the Neapolitan horn from simple materials like clay or wood.

Characteristics of the Genuine Neapolitan Horn

Not all horns are lucky. Neapolitan lucky horns are potent amulets due to their particular properties. “Tuosto, stuorto, and cu’a ponta” (hard, crooked and pointed) must be articulated.

These lovingly crafted horns are thought to absorb the makers’ power and positive vibrations.

In addition, the Neapolitan horn, a symbol of life, is also crimson-like blood. Its vivid hue embodies the amulet’s protection.

the neapolitan lucky horn Photo©Anime di terracotta di M. De Chiara

Gifting Tradition

The custom of giving the Neapolitan lucky horn as a gift ranks as one of the most intriguing characteristics of this amulet. People also regard the horn as a sacred object, insisting it should be received exclusively as a gift. Moreover, giving the horn as a present bestows meaning onto it and fills it with the giver’s good intentions and energies.

Activating the Neapolitan Lucky Horn

You can activate a Neapolitan horn’s defensive abilities with a simple yet meaningful procedure. To properly display a horn given to you, stab its tip into the palm of your left hand.

It is important to follow the same protocol when giving a Neapolitan horn as a gift. Many believe that this simple action activates the amulet’s protective properties.

Broken Tips: A Sign of Success

If the tip of the horn breaks, you should not worry about it. People consider it a badge of pride. As soon as the horn’s tip breaks, it has absorbed enough negative energy to fulfil its purpose. Since you have fulfilled its protective function, you can exchange it for a new fortunate charm.

So What is the significance of the Neapolitan lucky horn?

The Neapolitan lucky horn symbolizes good luck and protection in Naples, believed to ward off bad luck and bring prosperity.

Why should a Neapolitan horn be given as a gift?

Gifting a Neapolitan horn is a widespread practice. People believe that it increases luck and protective powers.

In Conclusion

The Neapolitan lucky horn’s history and design have made it a global symbol of luck and safety. Also, this mythological amulet is now a tradition. Its enduring appeal comes from red, handcrafting, and gifting. The simple yet meaningful activation procedure and the belief that a broken tip symbolizes success boost its protective properties. Naples’ horn is a powerful emblem of good fortune with a long history of mythology, ancient rituals, and Viking warriors.

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