I BENANDANTI [Carlo Ginzburg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Con questo volume (apparso in prima edizione nel ) Carlo Ginzburg ha ricostruito una vicenda, che getta nuova luce sul problema generale della. The benandanti came armed with stalks of fennell, the witches and Carlo Ginzburg’s account of this Friulian ‘fertility cult’, as he calls it, first.

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Of their mental world we know next to nothing, and most of what we do know comes from a single source: Asteo found that the villagers widely concurred that Valento’s wife had been the victim of witchcraft, and a benandante was implicated, an year-old shop assistant named Gasparo.

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One can see the trouble such statements would have given the inquisitor. Changing popular beliefs tainted by two centuries of prosecution, and inquisitors more willing to use torture produced a crop of benandanti whose beliefs had clearly eroded. The book deals with the benandantti of this carpo cult and its folklore, to a time when it was moulded to fit Christian motifs and ideas. However, the attention the cult received lead to its decline.

I found it interesting and the chapters are bite size though the paragraphs can be long. Sometimes the devil benahdanti them, at times a warlock, the witches would serve either. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Ginzburg would, of course, reply by assuming the existence of precisely the kind of self-identifying sect which he believes the benandanti to have been, and I do not.

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The majority caelo the book takes place in the trial rooms where alleged benandanti claim to fight on the side of the Christian God while facing interrogation that believes otherwise.

The Work of Carlo Ginzburg”. Fighting witches with fennel stalks! The book lacks a good conclusion and often the author is merely making educated guesses unsupported by the evidence offered.

In most cases, however, the proceedings were, as so often happened with Inquisition trials, merely abandoned. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ginzburg then looks at the Canon Episcopia 9th-century document that denounced those women who believed that they went on nocturnal processions with the goddess Diana; the Canon’ s author had claimed that they were deceived by the Devil, but Ginzburg argues that it reflects a genuine folk belief of the period.


First, he does a good job in his outlining of the various pagan traditional origins of witchcraft and other cults. The book did not have a satisfying conclusion it actually had no summing up at the end but then maybe historians only seek to show, not dictate, what happened in history using the evidence available. They also present him with considerable difficulties. Carlo Ginzburg, et al Condition: In the Archepiscopal Archives of Udine, Ginzburg came across the 16th and 17th century trial records which documented the interrogation of several benandanti and other folk magicians.

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A really interesting look into the origins and applications of the witch craze in Europe. The banner for the good guys is a golden flag and a lion.

The inquisition often made it worse then what it was. Ginzberg puts forward several theories-epilepsy, hallucinogens, and others, but it is obvious to him and to us that they are insufficient.

This book is worth the read.

Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath

The Triumph of the Moon: In the case of the benandantiwhat the Inquisitors wanted to know, what indeed they seem to have set out to establish, was the association between these supposed anti-witches and the witches themselves. Classic study of the disjunction ginzbrg learned and popular conceptions of witchcraft in the early modern period. Although these were described by benandanti as spirit journeys, they nevertheless stressed the reality of such experiences, believing that they were real occurrences.

Don Sgabarizza was concerned with such talk of witchcraft, and on 21 Marchhe appeared as a witness before both the vicar general, Monsignor Jacopo Maracco, and the Inquisitor Fra Giulio ginzburb, a member of the Order of the Minor Conventualsat the monastery of San Francesco di Cividale in Friuli, in the hope that they could offer him guidance in how to proceed in this situation.


Lambasting Domenatta as a “guilty sorceress”, he claimed that she had encouraged mothers to put their newborn children on a spit in order to prevent them from becoming either benandanti or witches. Ryan Melosi rated it liked it Jan 03, It sheds light on the nature of the witch hunts and trials, and the confessions rendered. Busetto would inform the commissioner that she did not believe any of these claims, but while he agreed to investigate further, there is no evidence that he ever did.

Jackson Hager rated it liked it Nov 20, People driven by faith or greed or a bit of both, sought witches and found them.

The benandanti saw themselves as anti-witches, and soldiers of a sort, dedicated to identifying witches, curing their victims, and generally serving their communities against the forces of evil. All benandanti insist they were chosen by being born with a caul.

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries

Rosalie rated it liked it Nov 20, Vidossi — who were engaged in the study of Friulian oral traditions, noted that the term benandante had become synonymous with the term “witch”, a beandanti of the original Church persecutions of the benandanti.

But if we want to reconstruct a mentality those are the questions we must ask. My ginbzurg at interpretation are far from having exhausted the richness of the documentation, which today, after twenty years, seems to me more unsettling than ever.

The benandanti were of peasant stock, poor and largely illiterate, they spoke almost exclusively the friuli dialect, and at times had trouble communicating with their judges.

Books by Carlo Ginzburg. Here I agree with him. In essence, their answers changed ginzbugg, “what is a sabbat?