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David19
January 22nd, 2007, 07:13 PM
I'm just taking a break from trying to do my essay (emphasis on the trying ;)), but i was wondering, does anyone know anything about Catholic folklore, i'm particulary looking for Catholic folklore in Italy and also Latin America.

While i'm not Catholic, as it's not the religion for me, i do find a lot of the folklore, mythology, etc interesting (for example, the saints, Mary, Catholic folk magic, etc).

Any good sites or books you could recommend would be very helpful.

Thanks for any help at all :).

raven grimassi
January 22nd, 2007, 08:09 PM
It is an interesting subject. Most of what you will find is related to Italian traditions. There are several sites that contain information on Catholic-based folk magic and lore:

1. Benedicaria, a site devoted to Saint oriented topics such as blessings and cure.

http://benedicaria.8m.com/index.htm

2. Rue's Kitchen, a site with interesting lore. I have some respectful differences of opinion with certain things on the site, but it is a worthwhile site.

http://www.rueskitchen.com/

3. Stregoneria Italiana, a site with articles and a chat room. Although the site claims to present "authentic Italian Witchcraft" it is actually a site containing Catholic-based systems of folk magic. "Stregoneria" is the modern Italian word translated as the English word "Witchcraft" and is used in Italy to refer to the stereotypical negative depictions of Witchcraft ( http://www.stregheria.com/what.htm)

On the Stregoneria Italiana website you'll find a strong anti-Grimassi theme throughout the website.

http://stregoneriaitaliana.com/

Here is a link to a brief article I wrote on Catholicism and Italian Witchcraft that may be of interest:

http://www.stregheria.com/Catholicism.htm

David19
January 22nd, 2007, 08:43 PM
Thank you very much, those articles look really helpful.

Also are there any good sites on Strega folklore, i've heard Etruscian(sp? i think i've spelt it wrong) Remains by Charles G. Leland has a good section on it (but i'm not too sure).

Italian folklore (both Catholic and Pagan) do really interest me.

Thanks again :).

CheshireEyes
January 22nd, 2007, 08:52 PM
I'm just taking a break from trying to do my essay (emphasis on the trying ;)), but i was wondering, does anyone know anything about Catholic folklore, i'm particulary looking for Catholic folklore in Italy and also Latin America.

While i'm not Catholic, as it's not the religion for me, i do find a lot of the folklore, mythology, etc interesting (for example, the saints, Mary, Catholic folk magic, etc).

Any good sites or books you could recommend would be very helpful.

Thanks for any help at all :).

"Can i tell you something? He hates it when ya call it mythology"

---Rufus, the 13th Apostle, Dogma....

:hahugh: _inabox_

raven grimassi
January 23rd, 2007, 01:23 PM
Also are there any good sites on Strega folklore, i've heard Etruscian(sp? i think i've spelt it wrong) Remains by Charles G. Leland has a good section on it (but i'm not too sure).

The book Etruscan Roman Remains does contain some elements of the authentic lore of the Streghe, and as such is a worthwhile read. However it also contains a fair amount of the Christianized material, which is distorted and not of much value.

If you are interested in lore and other material online, then check out the articles on the Stregheria site:

http://www.stregheria.com/articles.htm

Here is a list of some books as well that may be of interest:

Folklore by the Fireside (Alessandro Falassi)

Out of the Woods: The Origins of the Literary Fairy Tale in Italy and France (Nancy Canepa)

The Land of Remorse: A Study of Southen Italian Tarantism (Ernesto De Martino)

Festivals and Folkways of Italy (Frances Toor)

The Nooks and By-Ways of Italy: Wanderings in Search of Its Ancient Remains and Modern Superstitions (Craufurd Ramage)

David19
January 23rd, 2007, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the book recommendations and the site :).