Modern techniques in rice cultivation with herbicides and pesticides have
erased a part of our past. Till thirty years ago, crows of rice-weeders coming
from poorer regions flooded into our farms and lived here for at least four
months as seasonal workers in the rice fields.
used to bring their traditional songs and sing while working during the day
or in the evening after poor dinner and dance in the moonlight on the farmyard.
songs that “Le Mondine”
(the rice-weeders) used to sing in
the rice fields while working from dawn to sunset call to the mind the
spirituals of the blacks in the cotton fields, even if music and lyrics are
main themes speak of their hard life, in fact, they worked in the water, in the
mud and were annoyed by mosquitoes and various insects.
Besides, the work was badly paid: they fought for better remuneration and better
conditions of work.
Figure 13 – two “mondine”
instead, stressed on homesickness and jealousy as the girls of the place were
afraid that “Le Mondine” could steal their boyfrie