Bats and the cat­a­combs on the eeri­est night of the year

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

All Hal­lows’ Eve is an­other event with a dif­fer­ence or­gan­ised by Her­itage Malta. This ac­tiv­ity will in­stil ex­cite­ment and help the par­tic­i­pants learn and ex­plore two of Her­itage Malta’s sites in Md­ina and Ra­bat on the eeri­est night of the year and how they fea­ture in folk­lore and tra­di­tion.

This ac­tiv­ity starts at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in Md­ina, where the par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about bats. In Western cul­tures, bats have al­ways been looked upon as ma­lign and evil an­i­mals, where even the Chris­tian re­li­gion de­picts th­ese an­i­mals as such. While an­gels are usu­ally de­picted bear­ing bird’s wings, the devil car­ries a set of bat wings.

The fact that th­ese are night­time crea­tures they have been al­ways as­so­ci­ated with death, devils and vam­pires. The par­tic­i­pants will be able to at­tend to a pre­sen­ta­tion, which will be de­liv­ered by the Se­nior Cu­ra­tor of the Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, John J. Borg, and will fo­cus on the role of the bat in an­cient cul­tures, re­li­gions and folk­lore.

Af­ter­wards the par­tic­i­pants will head to­wards St Paul’s Cat­a­combs in Ra­bat where a guide will show them parts of the site and ex­pe­ri­ence the sto­ries and tra­di­tions con­nected with this dark, un­der­ground site in a way never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

To make the ex­pe­ri­ence more sin­is­ter and ex­cit­ing, group of ac­tors will read and an­i­mate sto­ries usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with dark places like th­ese an­cient buri­als.

Light re­fresh­ments will fol­low at the end of the ac­tiv­ity at the St Paul’s Cat­a­combs.

All Hal­lows’ Eve will be held on 29 Oc­to­ber and starts at 7pm at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory. Tick­ets for the All Hal­lows’ Eve can be bought from all HM mu­se­ums and sites and on­line, http://shop.her­itage­malta.org/in­dex.asp?even­tid=358 at the price of €20 and €15 for HM mem­bers. This event is not suit­able for chil­dren 12 years and younger.

More in­for­ma­tion about Her­itage Malta and its events can be found on the agency’s web­site, www.her­itage­malta.org, or on the face­book page.

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