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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The source also asserted that Toffolo regularly attended confession, recognising that his activities as a benandante were contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, but that he was unable to stop the journeying. This book concentrated on the sort of stuff that really fascinates me.
Being a benandante
In Europe’s Inner DemonsEnglish historian Norman Cohn asserted that there was “nothing whatsoever” in the source material to justify the idea that the benandanti were the “survival of an age-old fertility cult”. Perry rated it liked it Apr 13, The book did not have a satisfying conclusion it actually had no summing up at the end but then maybe historians only seek to show, not dictate, what happened in history using the evidence available.
There would seem, however, to be a lot wrong with this idea. It sheds light on the nature of the witch hunts and trials, and the confessions rendered.
Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath
According to William’s account, this creature travelled through houses and cellars at night, accompanied by her followers, where they would eat or drink whatever they found; Ginzburg noted parallels with the benandanti belief that witches would drink all of the water in a house.
Busetto proceeded giznburg seek out Peresut, who admitted to being a benandante but who stated that she performed her healing magic in Gao to avoid prosecution from the Inquisition.
Books by Carlo Ginzburg. Mats Fjellner rated it liked it Mar 06, It’s an interesting way benzndanti organize a book, but can be a little dizzying.
Ginzburg would, of course, reply by assuming the existence of precisely the kind of self-identifying sect which he believes the benandanti to have been, and I do not. For Montefalco, the introduction of this element led him to suspect that the actions of Gasparotto were themselves heretical and satanic, and his method of interrogation became openly suggestive, putting forward the idea that the angel was actually a demon in disguise.
Ginzburg then makes comparisons between the benandanti and the Perchtenlaufenan Alpine ceremony in which two masked groups of peasants battled one another with sticks, one dressed to appear ugly and the other to appear beautiful. These took the form of astral projection and fighting with various vegetables shades of the second Super Mario!
If cool clear water was a available they slaked their thirst with it and if not then they would raid your basement drin the wine and then urinate in the barrels. Take, for instance, the dialogue between Giambattista Tamburlino and Menichino da Latisana in which the first, an experienced benandanteexplained to the second, who was still uninitiated although not for longthe nature of the journey he was destined to undertake.
The Uses of Supernatural Power: This event came to the attention of the local priest, Don Bartolomeo Sgabarizza, who was intrigued by the use of such folk magicand called Gasparotto to him to learn more.
In his analysis of these trials Ginzburg claims to have demonstrated two things. As historian Carlo Ginzburg related, Montefalco had begun to warp Gasparotto’s testimony of the benandanti journey to fit the established clerical image of the diabolical witches’ sabbat, while under the stress of interrogation and imprisonment, Gasparotto himself was losing his self-assurance and beginning to question “the reality of his beliefs”.
Although Sgabarizza later abandoned his investigations, in the case was re-opened by the Inquisitor Fra Felice da Montefalco, who bsnandanti both Gaspurotto and Moduco until they admitted that they had carlp deceived by the Devil into going on their nocturnal spirit journeys.
Academic reviews of The Night Battles were mixed. For the benandanti and their losing struggle against the Inquisitors I have shown the greatest respect and sympathy — sentiments which I did my best to communicate to the readers of my book. It may be a long time before we find satisfactory answers to questions of meaning.
Although Sgabarizza soon abandoned his investigations, in the case was reopened by the inquisitor Fra’ Felice de Montefalco, who interrogated not only Gasparotto but also a variety of other local benandanti and spirit mediums, ultimately condemning some of them for the crime of heresy. Ginzburg remarked that it was this contradiction in the relationship between the benandanti and the malevolent witches that ultimately heavily influenced their persecution at the hands of the Inquisition.
The local inquisitors would be forced to investigate if only to stop a lynch mob. For example, the suggestion that the benandanti stem from a larger, ancient cult remains just a suggestion. Gasparo proceeded to name some of the villagers as witches, but the inquisitor did not believe him, and brought the case to a close.
Benandanti – Wikipedia
In they were sentenced to six months imprisonment for heresy, a punishment that was later remitted. I had to read this for a class about Witchcraft. The depositions tell of a semi-uniform story about nocturnal visionary journeys in which each benandanti leaves their benandannti to fight malevolent witches and warlocks that are threatening their crops. Want to Read saving….