for hundreds of years, the ceremony of the tarantula used to be the one treatment for these 'bitten' or 'possessed' by way of the mythic Apulian spider. Its sufferers needed to dance to the neighborhood tarantella or 'pizzica' for days on finish. this present day, the pizzica has again to the limelight, bringing to the leading edge problems with functionality, gender, identification and overall healthiness. This publication explores how and why the pizzica has boomed within the Salento and somewhere else and asks even if this present popu- larity has something to do with the old ritual of tarantism or with the goal of getting better wellbeing and fitness. whereas own tales and stories may well be certain the latter, an essential shift has seemed within the Salento: from the war of words of existence crises to the colourful advertising and occasion of a neighborhood feel of identification and celebrity.
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