The themes of cultural continuity and "survivals" have recently been at the centre of the debate in the anthropological and historical religious fields. They become topical again in relation to the issue of the patrimonialization of immaterial goods, of "traditional" religious festivals first of all. A number of questions emerge about both the usefulness of historical sources (archeological and documental ones) with regard to the understanding of contemporary ritual reality, and about the issue of the chronological continuity of practices and beliefs; these deserve to be reconsidered on the basis of renewed research and observations, considering the dissolution of what has been defined as "rural civilization" and the renewed interests towards immaterial patrimony expressed by communities searching for their identity matrices, by public institutions and by the so called "cultural market". We can and must go back to asking ourselves: can material and immaterial tokens of the past, even the remotest ones, help us understand what we observe in current festive contexts and, conversely, can current or recent past expressions of folklore give a contribution towards a clearer understanding of much older stories and rites? What are the nature and the weight of such diachronic relations, provided that they are considered actually existing? Do the meanings and functions of the rites, the motivations and the expectations of the worshippers of the present and of the past have anything in common? Are they as radically different as one might be led to think considering the chronological and spatial distance and (in most of the cases) the impossibility to demonstrate the absence of continuity solutions in worship and ritual practices?
|Numero di pagine||24|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|