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for hundreds of years, the ceremony of the tarantula was once the single medication for these 'bitten' or 'possessed' by means of the mythic Apulian spider. Its sufferers needed to dance to the neighborhood tarantella or 'pizzica' for days on finish. this day, the pizzica has back to the limelight, bringing to the leading edge problems with functionality, gender, identification and wellbeing and fitness. This booklet explores how and why the pizzica has boomed within the Salento and in different places and asks even if this present popu- larity has whatever to do with the historical ritual of tarantism or with the goal of convalescing health and wellbeing. whereas own tales and reviews might be certain the latter, an important shift has seemed within the Salento: from the disagreement of existence crises to the colourful promoting and social gathering of a neighborhood experience of identification and celebrity.

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