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Author Lüdtke, Karen.

Title Dances with spiders : crisis, celebrity and celebration in southern Italy / Karen Lüdtke
Published New York, NY : Berghahn Books, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (224 pages)
Series Epistemologies of healing ; 4
Epistemologies of healing.
Contents List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface Introduction: Tarantula Territory Salentine Tarantulas: Spider Dances and Discourses Tracking Down the Spider: Research Techniques and Intentions Crisis, Celebrity and Celebration: Contextualizing Salentine Tarantulas Preview: Summarizing this Book PART I: PAST AND PRESENT SPIDER WEBS Chapter 1. Seeking St Paul: Historical and Contemporary Enactments Dances at Galatina: a Crossroads of Old and New Tarantati Dances on Screen: Invention versus Intention Maria's 1959 Domestic Ritual: a Historical Performance Ada's 2001 Dance on TV: a Contemporary Performance Chapter 2
Tarantula Threads and Showbiz Airs: Fine-tuning Performances Spider Sites: Performance Places Spider Schedules: Performance Times Tarantula Threads: Past Props and Techniques Showbiz Airs: Present Props and Techniques Chapter 8. SpiderWoMen Transformed: Celebrating Well-being Magic Circles: Allowing Music to Take Over Rhythmic Intervention: Choosing to Entrain Vibrating the Spider's Web: Tapping a Source of Vitality Integrating Toxins: Connecting Self and Other Transforming Identities: Evoking a Sense of Belonging PART IV: CONCLUSION Chapter 9. Dancing Beyond Spiders Evelina's Story: Living with the Tarantula Tarantula Rhythms: Reflections on Performance and Well-being Epilogue; Bibliography; Filmography; Index
Summary 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 experien
Notes Ads and Antidotes: Celebrity versus Conservation Taranta-muffin, Techno-pizzica, Tarantavirus: Hybridizing the Pizzica The Festival of San Rocco: Revitalizing and Commercializing Traditions La Notte della Taranta: a Music and Media Spectacle La Sagra dei Curli: a Community Festival Chapter 5. Sensing Identities and Well-being: Personal Motivations and Experiences The Alla Bua: Music for Healing Tanya's Story: Dancing Colours Ada's Story: Retrieving Soundness PART III: FROM RITUAL TO LIMELIGHT Chapter 6. SpiderWoMen Transfixed: Negotiating Crisis and Cure Diagnosing Spiders: Identifying Tarantula Cases Views on Venom: Interpreting the Spider's Bite Tarantula Alternatives: Choosing Treatment Options Chapter 7
Webs through Time: Origins and History of Tarantism Possible Origins: Searching for Tarantism's Roots Historical Interpretations: Explaining the Tarantula's Cult De Martino's View: a Key Point of Reference Recent Studies: Continuing the Quest for Answers PART II: THE SPIDER'S CULT TODAY Chapter 3. Curing Myths and Fictive Cures: Views of Believers and Sceptics Tarantism as Cure: Debates in Favour of the Tarantula St Paul's Grotto: a Contested Site Spider Poisoning: a Contested Case Tarantism as Fiction: Debates Against the Tarantula Chapter 4
Subject Arachnidism -- Italy -- History
Spider Bites -- history.
Arachnidism -- therapy -- Italy
Dancing -- psychology -- Italy
Dancing -- psychology.
Folklore -- Italy
Music Therapy -- methods -- Italy
Music Therapy -- methods.
Spider Bites -- therapy.
Ecstatic dance -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Group identity -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Performing arts festivals -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Tarantism -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Traditional medicine -- Italy -- Salentina Peninsula
Ecstatic dance.
Group identity.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
Performing arts festivals.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Traditional medicine.
Italy -- Salentina Peninsula.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1845458753