Di corsa, per forza. Performances rituali per la Domenica di Pasqua in Sicilia

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Several sicilian religious celebrations are characterized by a particular mode ofprocessional transport of the fercoli with the statues of the Saints. These are made to runand dance by devoted young men, often competing with each other, both on the streets ofthe inhabited centers and, in rare cases, inside the religious buildings. This mode of transportis called, especially in the countries of the western Agrigento’s area, “rigattiata”. Manyevidences, first of all the agonal climate, suggest that the same performative logic presidesover the ritual execution of the “rigattiati” and the ergological action of the work in the fields.The competitive and conflicting climate between two or more adverse factions is, on theother hand, inserted within the so called wars of saints’ phenomenon, once more widespreadin Sicily, and can be referred to the power games that articulate relationships between thesocial partners. Once again we observe how the religious holiday in Sicily is authenticallyconstituted as a “total social fact”: as a space-time of devotion, as an elective moment of affirmationof physical and moral qualities, as a privileged occasion for political confrontation
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)51-68
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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