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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.


So scura 'e pelle
E nun so bella:song'ossa e pelle,
ma o' gusto è chello!

I have dark skin,
I'm not juicy or meaty
but that's my feature.


Povera vecchia sta 'ncatena,
sta 'ncatena cù'o fierro ò pére:
quanno allucca 'a gente véne,
si tire e muolle nun se ne véne.

The poor old chained thing
chained with a ball at her foot;
when she cries people comes
but can't be taken off
if you pull her or let her go.


Patanella, patanella pè la casa:
quatt'uocchie, quatto recchie e dui nase.

She clumsy walks in the house:
she has four eyes, two ears and twonoses.


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