"Costra Nostra" or mafia as it has come to be known in America, originated in Sicilia, Italia. It was originally a way of protecting the Sicilians, from various things. The mafia protected the people from the many invaders it had on the small island. Also, when people could not go to the cops they went to the mafia for help, as shown in the opening scene of the Godfather. Italians never talk about the mafia ever, and never snitch on members of the mafia.
Because it originated in Sicilia, the mafia is a very sacred and holy thing. Alligence to the family is a sacred vow, like breaking one of the 10 Commandments, and if broken will break u, tu capisci?

o an no "costra nostra" does not have the "la" article in front u idiots, it is NEVER used with the article. the Feds added it and everyone else has followed.
Micheal Corleone in the Godfather is the Mafia

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Don Corleone: Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day accept this justice as gift on my daughter's wedding day.

Don Corleone: I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life - I don't apologize - to take care of my family, and I refused to be a fool, dancing on the string held by all those bigshots. I don't apologize - that's my life - but I thought that, that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the string. Senator Corleone; Governor Corleone. Well, it wasn't enough time, Michael. It wasn't enough time.
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real gangstas!!!
not the every day chavs or bad boys u see
de real mafia was born in Sicily, de best island ever!!!
de proppa mafia city is Palermo, closely followed by a lil town called Canicattì, were rules dnt count, de law is never followed in Canicattì because its so small no1 cares lol
de old mayor was arrestedbcause he was involved with mafia followed by an arrest of loads and loads o arrests in the town
de real mafia IS from sicily... no were else!!!
by Pixielmo January 14, 2006

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The Best, Richest, Gang in the world
The Don is the boss of the Mafia.
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The largest crime organization in the world which demands the most respect and is ran by the Godfather. Not many really remember the Mafia, most think its gone, but the brotherhood keeps it alive. MFA.
Yo mafia, lets get jiggy with it
by Anonymous September 04, 2003

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A Group of people mostly itillians (I am not racist I am full itillian) who use rackets to sell illegal services such as drugs, boose, prostition, and gambling. The mafia can also pay off cops and citizens. The Mafia has different status from dons and mob bosses to outsiders and assciotes. The mafia was at it's high point earlier in the 1900's. The Mafia would kill or "whack" someone who pays some threat to the family.
Good mafia movies Casino, Goodfellas, Godfather, Scarface, Heat
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mafia is the term to an italian gang family, and are tuff like shit. they bascially mug, shoot, kill, threaten, ransom, smuggle, etc.
Mark: damn it man! i just got mugged by a mafia!

Bob: haha owned

Mark:why the fuck am i friends with u?
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refers to a type of organized crime, that originally came out of sicily. mafia stands for mothers and fathers italian organization. It was originally a brotherhood that was formed to protect from those who invaded sicily. In todays sense however, it refers to a crime syndicate, known for their violent and brutal acts of murder and extortion, and basically their involvment in any illegal activities.
Black man: "Yo, they be some bich ass suckers, them mafia"
Black man 2: "Fo sho, we gonna ride on them bitches 20 crip style"
Mafia bitch: "Pleasea Imma just a dirty sicilian, I just want to make my pasta".Source: Pooneriser, Apr 12, 2005. Pooneriser, shut the fuck up. U obviously don’t realize how fuckin dangerous these guys are. If u only knew what kinds of things these motherfuckers do. Im sure if u ever owed them money and didn’t pay them back, ur ass would get popped so fast ur head would fuckin spin. These guys aren’t ur stereotypical Italians. Whoever fuckin says that white boyz cant be gangsters is full of shit!they're way better criminals than u could ever b.
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