How have the ancient, and modern Migration Routes linking Ibiza with the rest of the world shaped the island's unique, multi-layered and often misunderstood identity?
This is the question I ponder over in Episode Five, at an enchanted well with a jade green door, the Font de Can Pere Musson near San Lorenzo, Ibiza. With the help of an imaginary treasure map, we will journey through those layers of routes which have brought tribes of people, ideas and 'things' to and from this little Mediterranean island, giving it a cultural identity which is complex and staggeringly rich, but which often lies buried beneath the more commonly known, modern set of migration routes called mass tourism.
Starting with the present day, we scrape back the layers of historical routes, stumbling upon the hippy trail, beatnik-filled steamships and pirates along the way. I am joined by Evelyn Naon, founder of Evelyn Naon Ibiza oil perfumes, and long time researcher and traveller of the ancient Moorish and Phoenician trading routes linking Ibiza with the North Africa, the Middle East and Arabia. She takes me on an olfactory journey into many of the sacred substances which have travelled along these routes, leaving their legacy on the island, and in her mysterious and universal scents which transcend gender, religion and culture.
When we reach the final layer of my treasure map of migration routes, we discover that the most ancient ones aren't quite as buried as we thought, and these layers of old and new which shape Ibiza into the island it is today are more intertwined than we could have ever imagined....
- 'When I was Furthest from Water' – poem by Joanna Hruby featuring photography by Michaela Meadow, published by Hedgespoken Press, 2018. (hedgespokenpress.com)
- 'Balafi: Fountain of Blessed Waters' by Rolph Blakstad, published in White Ibiza.
- 'The Spiritual Economy of Nightclubs and Raves: Osho Sannyasins as Party Promoters in Ibiza and Pune/Goa', Anthony D'Andrea, Culture and Religion Journal, Routledge, 2006.
- 'Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of our Time', Clifford Irving (1969)
- The White Island, Stephen Armstrong, 2004
- Evelyn Naon Ibiza: oil perfumes inspired by the ancient trading routes linking the Mediterranean with North Africa, the Middle East and Arabia. (evelynnaonibiza.com)
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