A survey of present-day religious festivals in Sicily reveals a changing situation where the folkloric coexists with the folkloristic, and tradition survives alongside revival and invention. What was originally a spontaneous process of reaffirming and rediscovering usages and customs that had disappeared or risked disappearing soon came to be associated with various economic, institutional and political interests that in many cases have become predominant. These interests aim at manipulating traditional events to their own advantage by supporting the current fashion for folk cultureand rusticity and promoting the rhetoric of lost identities and roots. This rebirth of religious traditions therefore is of a somewhat ambiguous nature with features that are both unconsciously positive and decidedly alienating.
|Numero di pagine||14|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|