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« Topic Start: April 06, 2008, 02:06:10 am »

Hope I'm posting in the right place. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good books on Benedicaria (the Italian tradition of folk healing and spirituality)? I've found some info on the internet but unfortunately most of what I've found is based on Stregheria/Stregoneria. The bad part about it is that a majority of the Stregheria info is based on the nonsense of Raven Grimassi  Roll Eyes and has little to do with Benedicaria. I'm looking for something a little more authentic so to speak. If anyone has any ideas on where to look please share.  Smiley
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« Reply #1: April 06, 2008, 07:43:15 am »

Hope I'm posting in the right place. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good books on Benedicaria (the Italian tradition of folk healing and spirituality)? I've found some info on the internet but unfortunately most of what I've found is based on Stregheria/Stregoneria. The bad part about it is that a majority of the Stregheria info is based on the nonsense of Raven Grimassi  Roll Eyes and has little to do with Benedicaria. I'm looking for something a little more authentic so to speak. If anyone has any ideas on where to look please share.  Smiley
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Try www.stregoneriaitaliana.com or www.rueskitchen.com . I have found them to be fairly reliable sources.
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« Reply #2: April 06, 2008, 11:23:03 am »

Try www.stregoneriaitaliana.com or www.rueskitchen.com . I have found them to be fairly reliable sources.
Great sites...thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #3: April 06, 2008, 12:08:15 pm »

Great sites...thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #4: April 06, 2008, 01:23:50 pm »

Hope I'm posting in the right place. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good books on Benedicaria (the Italian tradition of folk healing and spirituality)? I've found some info on the internet but unfortunately most of what I've found is based on Stregheria/Stregoneria. The bad part about it is that a majority of the Stregheria info is based on the nonsense of Raven Grimassi  Roll Eyes and has little to do with Benedicaria. I'm looking for something a little more authentic so to speak. If anyone has any ideas on where to look please share.  Smiley
Thanks!
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For some historical context, I believe Carlo Ginzburg's books The Night Battles and Ecstasies are still well-respected; Ginzburg is a pretty important historian, especially in the realm of historiography (the, well, theory of how historians write historical scholarship).

You'll also definitely want to look at work by Sabina Magliocco.  The Pomegranate archives aren't publicly available any more it looks like, but there's a reproduction of (most) of her awesome article "Spells, Saints and Streghe" here:
http://www.rueskitchen.com/index.php/weblog1/entry/spells_saints_and_streghe/

And yes, Grimassi is one to avoid; he bleats about his "scholarly sources" all the time, but AFAICT most of those "scholarly sources" are from the 19th c., when they were fond of Big Systematic theories that tied everything together; he doesn't seem to be very familiar with modern folklorists and the methods they use to interpret material.
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« Reply #5: April 06, 2008, 01:34:26 pm »

And yes, Grimassi is one to avoid; he bleats about his "scholarly sources" all the time, but AFAICT most of those "scholarly sources" are from the 19th c., when they were fond of Big Systematic theories that tied everything together; he doesn't seem to be very familiar with modern folklorists and the methods they use to interpret material.

Also, he has a rather unique view of the term "scholar." With him it tends to imply anyone who's published a masters or doctoral thesis. I watched him do that with Von Rudloff on Hekate, and was just shaking my head.
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« Reply #6: April 06, 2008, 03:12:41 pm »

For some historical context, I believe Carlo Ginzburg's books The Night Battles and Ecstasies are still well-respected; Ginzburg is a pretty important historian, especially in the realm of historiography (the, well, theory of how historians write historical scholarship).

You'll also definitely want to look at work by Sabina Magliocco.  The Pomegranate archives aren't publicly available any more it looks like, but there's a reproduction of (most) of her awesome article "Spells, Saints and Streghe" here:
http://www.rueskitchen.com/index.php/weblog1/entry/spells_saints_and_streghe/

Thanks for the info...I'll be looking into all of it!  Grin I noticed that Grimassi just came out with a new book in February called 'Crafting Wiccan Traditions'. Has anyone here looked at it?

Oh, and I've found some books on Benedicaria by Vito Quattrocchi. The books have gotten some good reviews but I was wondering if anyone here has any first hand knowledge of the author?

Thanks again for all the input everyone!
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« Reply #7: April 06, 2008, 03:24:52 pm »

Also, he has a rather unique view of the term "scholar." With him it tends to imply anyone who's published a masters or doctoral thesis. I watched him do that with Von Rudloff on Hekate, and was just shaking my head.

Dude, I'd say he thinks it means "anyone who's published a book, ever."
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« Reply #8: April 06, 2008, 06:48:10 pm »

Dude, I'd say he thinks it means "anyone who's published a book, ever."

The criteria is that loose only if they agree with him. :-P
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« Reply #9: April 06, 2008, 09:34:33 pm »

Dude, I'd say he thinks it means "anyone who's published a book, ever."

LOL...well, yeah. I was trying to be kind, and I don't know why.
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