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Boats in the harbour of Marsaxlokk, Malta | by Frans.Sellies
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Boats in the harbour of Marsaxlokk, Malta

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Colourful Maltese luzzu's or fishing boats. These fishing vessels are usually painted in gaudy colours and they are a feast of colour worth watching. The luzzu is the main fishing vessel of the Maltese Islands and its shape and decoration goes back hundreds of years. Its structure has remained unchanged and the eye of Horus clearly seen in this photograph is a sure sign that the luzzu and the whole Maltese fishing tradition dates back to the time of the Phoenicians who must have brought over the Egyptian belief that the Eye Of Horus protects its wearers or users from the evil eye.

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Taken on October 17, 2011