I BENANDANTI [Carlo Ginzburg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Con questo volume (apparso in prima edizione nel ) Carlo Ginzburg ha ricostruito una vicenda, che getta nuova luce sul problema generale della. The benandanti came armed with stalks of fennell, the witches and Carlo Ginzburg’s account of this Friulian ‘fertility cult’, as he calls it, first.

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After all, Anna may well have been, or believed herself to be, one of the benandanti. Well then, let us see. From surviving records, it is apparent that members of the benandanti first learned about its traditions during infancy, usually from their mothers. Preview — I benandanti.

Each new generation of inquisitor seemed to l run up against the benandanti, interrogate, try and give up, handing out, at best, a sentence of mild heresy punishable by paying penance and temporary banishment from the town or region. Adam rated it liked it Oct 10, It was, once again, a statement about the nature of beliefs.

Brown believes microhistory acts as a “powerful corrective” to “skepticism” and reestablishes history as an “authoritative source of truth. All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from August All articles with unsourced statements Articles with gunzburg statements from January I also really liked The Cheese and the Worms: Four benxndanti a year during the Ember Days the benandanti would arms themselves with sticks made of fennel and go out into the nearby fields.

When he came to interrogating Domenatta, she openly admitted to the practice, and was condemned to public penance and an abjuration. Zuzana rated it liked it Jul 22, It only took an afternoon or so to read, and I have been thinking about it ever since.


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When Moduco was also summoned to Montefalco, on 2 Octoberhe went on to announce the same thing, proclaiming that the Devil must have deceived him into going on the nocturnal journey which he believed was performed for good. The benandanti were, for instance, genuinely surprised that the Inquisitors should have found their claim that their souls left their bodies bfnandanti worrying.

According to Gasparotto, if the witches could not find any clean water to drink, they would “go into the cellars and overturn all the wine”.

This book was impossibly dry.

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries

The most obvious problem is to be found in the documents he has used. I must remember to look further into the Kernstniki and the Vile viljenaciand history of the island of Arbe.

Ginzburg, however, knows far more about the social history of peasants than I do. Ginzburg also compares the folk tales of the benandanti to other legends about witches, werewolves, warlocks, etc form other parts of Eastern and Northern Europe to establish parallelism between the different folk traditions of late medieval and early modern periods. Indeed, faced with so many cults we find ourselves in the position of the inquisitors, doing our best to conform these people to our paradigm, to our reason, and find them slipping away into the irrational benandnti.

InGiambattista Valento, an artisan from Palmanovawent to the superintendent general of the patria of the Friuli, Andrea Bsnandanti, and informed him of his belief that his wife had been bewitched. The members of the Holy Office did not believe that the stories she related ever tinzburg place, allowing the two accused witches to go free, and condemning Panzona to a three-year prison sentence for heresy.


These two figures, Paulo Gaspurotto of the village of Iassaco and Battista Moduco of the town of Cividalefirst came under investigation from the priest Don Bartolomeo Sgabarizza in The questioning over, Gasparotto was imprisoned. When they left their bodies they traveled to a great feast, where they danced, ate and drank with a procession of spirits, animals and crlo, and learned who amongst the villagers would die in the next year.

Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath

My class tore this book to pieces but honestly, I kind of liked ginzbufg. Neither was my point a popularist one. On certain nights of the year during the Ember Ginzurg, in the valley of Josaphat, the two met and did battle for the crops.

The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-century Miller. May 29, Steve Cran rated brnandanti really liked it. I found it interesting and the chapters are bite size though the paragraphs can be long. Here Ginzburg explores various other local superstitious traditions that sometimes intertwined with the practices or believes of the benandanti. Most scholars in the English-speaking world could not read Italian, meaning that when I Benandanti was first published inthe information which it contained remained out of the grasp of the majority of historians studying Early Modern witchcraft in the United States.

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