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La figura del prete nelle leggende di magia

Massimo Pirovano
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 36, Leggende. Riflessioni sull'immaginario (Oct., 1997), pp. 95-102
Published by: Grafo Spa
DOI: 10.2307/1480116
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1480116
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

The paper proposes some stories ascribed to the magic-religious genre of the legend collected in the Lecco's Brianza and reported from a broker of peasant extraction. Protagonists of these stories are priests: in the episodes emerge characters who are socially recognized and beliefs on their knowledge and powers. Together with the narrative elements the author considers also some ritual behaviours and proverbs of this social figure. A figure which, after centuries since the Catholic Reform and since the inquisitional processes, re-emerges in the popular culture the belief and trust on a priest which is 'receiver of forces', is a kind of sorcer-priest, whose ecclesiastical role of mediator between worldy and divine fades into the background respect to that of being protagonist of the extraordinary action that brings order in men's and things' world.

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