In memory of overcoming the enemy: The Southern Italian folk tradition of the 'One Hundred Crosses'

Liberata Luciani

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Abstract

This article focuses on a cross-cultural folk practice which is based on a textual charm and referred to as Cento Croci (One Hundred Crosses). By comparing and contrasting three separate versions from three different southern Italian regions, this article demonstrates that the Cento Croci tradition is used to address a universal and enduring safety need by memorializing the defeat of an enemy in a past event which can be traced back to the Crusades. This reason for the practice of the Cento Croci tradition is unaltered by cultural variations which are characteristically superficial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-156
Number of pages24
JournalFolklore
Volume128
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

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