Bella ‘Mbriana is an important figure in Neapolitan esotericism.
A romantic Neapolitan legend tells of a princess who had lost her reason because of an unhappy love affair and who wandered about the alleyways of the city like a shadow. To protect her, the king, her father, gave anonymous gifts to recompense those houses where the poor unhappy girl was given succour. This is how the legend of fortune connected to this mysterious female presence came about. In fact, in the popular imagination of Naples the bella ‘Mbriana is the spirit of the house: she dwells permanently in a place which she has chosen to protect. Having her in your house is a sign of well-being and good health.
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