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The omertà (Sicilian for manliness) is the vow of silence taken by members of the Italian Mafia. Introduction Sicilian (Lu Sicilianu, Lingua Siciliana) is the Romance language spoken in Sicily, Italy. ... This article is about the organized crime groups. ...


Particularly, it means that mafiosi will not involve the police or the government in the affairs of the mafia. Joe Valachi was the first person to betray the omertà when he publicly spoke out about the existence of the mafia, when he testified before the United States Congress. Within mafia culture, breaking the oath of omertà is punishable by death. Joseph Valachi Joseph Joe Cargo Valachi (September 22, 1903 - April 3, 1971) was the first Mafia member to publicly acknowledge the existence of the Mafia. ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ...


In a song by Thrash Metal group Lamb of God entitled "Omerta" (Ashes Of The Wake, 2004), the following words are recited: "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant,'If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven. Such is the rule of honor." Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. ... Lamb of God is a five-piece progressive thrash metal band from Richmond, Virginia, USA with death metal influences. ...


The album Viva Emptiness by swedish melancholic metal band Katatonia features a song named Omerta as well. Katatonia is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1988 by Jonas Renkse (formerly Lord Seth) and Anders Nyström (formerly Blakkheim). ...


Omertà is also the title of the last novel written by Mario Puzo. Mario Puzo Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920 - July 2, 1999) was an author who is famous for his fictional books about the Mafia. ...


Omertà is also the name of a Text-based Massively Multiplayer Online RPG.


 
 

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