Chiesa di San Paolo, Galatina

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  • July 24, 2017
    The small town of Galatina is the synthesis of beauty and mystery of Salento. In fact not only boasts magnificent palaces and churches, the basilica of Saint Catherine considered by Philippe Daverio, one of the most beautiful in the world, but also because there is born the enigmatic phenomenon of "tarantism". According to legend, during its course of evangelism in southern Italy Sao Paulo stopped a few days in Galatina and when he left, grateful for the hospitality received by wishful galatina salentine, gave him and his descendants the gift to be able to heal the bites of poisonous spiders and other animals (Tarantula). It would have been enough, on June 29, the feast day of the Saint, which "Taranta" after the religious ritual had a drink of the water of the well (now is walled for hygienic reasons) of the chapel dedicated to him for healing. Since then for centuries until a few decades ago, on 29 June, the peasant galatinesi (and only non-galatinesi other countries) if were plucked during the corn harvest fell into a kind of hysterical and delirium, barged to the ground and screaming took the position of the spider. Then relatives tied on stretchers and behind them was a noisy, colorful procession along swelled by fellow citizens. The stretcher was flanked by musicians with tambourines, accordions, violins, harmonicas ... with long tied ribbons and the curious crowd the accompanied by dancing and simulating the passo della taranta until the 14th century beautiful Cathedral Church where he was waiting the Exorcist. The priest blessed the tarantata you quietava and fell into a trance, then flipped the liturgy in the chapel dedicated to Saint Paul who is on the other side of the bright Baroque square, where the woman drink the water of the well blessed, was reborn to new life. The ritual lasted several hours and was characterized by 3 elements: dance, music, color, and confined to the symbolism of spider venom industriousness as Weaver but also expression. In addition to sink roots in pagan and primordial instincts, also had an implicit component of sexual frustration reason why the Church had considered it necessary to take it in the context of Christianity but after centuries, starting from 1960 began to disintegrate because the galatinesi, touched by the beginning of the economic boom, saw the ceremony as a sign of social backwardness and zealotry. Also with the passage of time the hysteria had become increasingly aggressive until they touch the obscenity (I saw in those years a film tarantism with Florinda Bolkan can't remember the title, maybe "don't kill so a duckling" from Fulci) whereby the Church authorities decided to forbid the rite and defrock the chapel. However after years of neglect, in 2005 the city of Galatina succeeded in getting the grant of Chapel by the current owner of the building to which it belongs, because despite the defrocking, the phenomenon of tarantism had never ceased to affect the popular imagination and especially anthropologists, sociologists, ethnomusicologists, zoologists, psychiatric, psychologists, doctors who have produced many studies in this regard among all , the most famous being "the land of remorse" by anthropologist Ernesto De Martino, and argued that the "tarantism" could not be dismissed as simply the result of ignorance. The most widespread secular opinion believes it to be types of epilepsy or hysteria caused and affected by sexual oppression and the harshness of rural life: a person in the throes of an hysterical screaming and dancing in an obsessive rhythmic context, chromatic and dance for hours till you drop, speeds up the heart rate and can be a real musical exorcism that leads her to a momentary fictitious, healing. But it was the younger generation of Salento in recent years to locate in the phenomenon of tarantism a terrific means to recover the cultural identity and ancestral roots. And this recovery has taken place through reprocessing and contamination in new forms of obsessive and sensual dance of the Tarantula. A "neo tarantism" sublimated in the traditional relationship between music – dance, intended as local pride, through discounting and dramatization of a phenomenon that few remember the source, but that when it was translated into music in a short time managed to reach an audience beyond belief, beyond the borders of Salento, eventually becoming a cultural expression of international interest.
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  • June 23, 2017
    This is a very small chapel which owes its fame to the well from which you drew water to drink for people to heal them from this species of Tarantula morse from seizure that struck. All the traditions of the tarantate revolves around the chapel of Saint Paul. before a visit is better read up, even just by watching videos on the net, on the phenomenon of tarantate, so you understand why so much notoriety.
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  • June 18, 2017
    In the region, many people - primarily women - working in the fields were once bitten by insects or spiders (we're talking about the tarantulas, but it was actually another smaller and more dangerous spider), and had to be treated. The women were dressed in a white robe, brought into the chapel where a form of "musical" therapy was applied to them. They were in a trance, hard dance and be "enamored" with the music. When they fell from exhaustion, we thought - more or less with good reason - that evil was out of them. The chapel contains a well with "miraculous" water part of the therapy. This medicinal dance gave birth to the tarantella, famous dance from the South of the Italy. Without our guide Pasquina, we would probably not seen this Chapel, and not known this "medico-artistique" story.
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