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The Festival of St John: Norm and Change in Civitella Roveto in Abruzzo (Italy)

Marco Fabbrini
Folklore
Vol. 120, No. 2 (August 2009), pp. 157-175
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40646512
Page Count: 19
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The Festival of St John: Norm and Change in Civitella Roveto in Abruzzo (Italy)
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Abstract

This essay describes the festival of Saint John (24 June) at Civitella Roveto in the province of Aquila, Italy. The ritual is analysed as it was at the beginning of the twentieth century and in its contemporary form, in order to reconstruct the norm of the festival and thereby to show the main transformations of the event, and its shifting social context. In addition, the research highlights the connection between the festival and the ritual cycle, investigated in terms of its interaction with the productive cycle of the community and with the cosmic cycle. Finally, the new social and symbolic meanings assumed by the figure of St John and his festival are brought to light.

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