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Furfanti trionfanti

Bruno Pianta
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 19, La piazza. Ambulanti vagabondi malviventi fieranti (Apr., 1989), pp. 27-32
Published by: Grafo Spa
DOI: 10.2307/1479128
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1479128
Page Count: 6
Topics: Stelae, Testes, Candies
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Abstract

The author describes the meanings of the words "trionfo" and "trionfare" in folk texts, from written and oral tradition, showing that they are regularly and exclusively connected with the language of the underworld, beggars and vagabonds, both in the meaning "victory", "to win" and "banquet", "having a good time at table". Referring to ethnography, literature and language history, the author draws a profile of these words from the Renaissance carnivals to the chapbooks with the "cuccagna" tales, and from the latter to picaresque literature and the modern folk songs of migrant workers, until the final result in the Italian workers' hymn, "Bandiera Rossa".

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