"Maramao" is a cat. In some versions of the song he represents the Carnival. The rhyme is recited on Shrove Tuesday, during the funeral of the Carnival, while the figure is being carried in its coffin to be burnt.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ernestine Shargool for contributing and translating this song. Ernestine learnt this rhyme from her mother (Neapolitan) but many variations exist in different dialects.

Grazie mille!