Dances With Spiders: Crisis and Celebrity in a South Italian Healing Cult

Dances With Spiders: Crisis and Celebrity in a South Italian Healing Cult

by Berghahn Books
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845454456

ISBN-13: 9781845454456

Pub. Date: 10/10/2008

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

For centuries, the rite of the tarantula was the only cure for those ‘bitten’ or ‘possessed’ by the mythic Apulian spider. Its victims had to dance to the local tarantella or ‘pizzica’ for days on end. Today, the pizzica has returned to the limelight, bringing to the forefront issues of performance, gender, identity and

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For centuries, the rite of the tarantula was the only cure for those ‘bitten’ or ‘possessed’ by the mythic Apulian spider. Its victims had to dance to the local tarantella or ‘pizzica’ for days on end. Today, the pizzica has returned to the limelight, bringing to the forefront issues of performance, gender, identity and well-being. This book explores how and why the pizzica has boomed in the Salento and elsewhere and asks whether this current popu- larity has anything to do with the historic ritual of tarantism or with the intention of recovering well-being. While personal stories and experiences may confirm the latter, a vital shift has appeared in the Salento: from the confrontation of life crises to the vibrant promotion and celebration of a local sense of identity and celebrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845454456
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/10/2008
Series:
EoH
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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