By Gemma Marmalade
Starring Gemma & Mel Marmalade
Filmed & Edited by Polis Loizou
Traditionally, local women from the island of Linosa, Italy, have carried out a symbolic annual ritual. In order to establish a hierarchy amongst dominant family clans, the two presiding females meet on the feast of Saint Marina, patron of the sea, fertility and suffering to flagellate each other with fish until a victor is decided.
'Fish Wives', parlance for women being shrewish and abusive, takes its name from the phrase attributed to this tradition.
The winner collects the discarded, damaged weapons and returns home to prepare a special dish with them. Later, it is presented to the adversary who must sit and eat it as an act of contrition, coined as 'andare a Cannosa' and is where the expression 'to eat humble pie' originates.
'Fish Wives (Sweet Science)' is a live reenactment of this duel.