Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | Supplemento | 2018

Texts in Between Action and Non-Action. Genesis, Strategies, and Outcomes of Textual Agency
Supplement

De-orientalising Ritual Blood
Calabria’s Vattienti, a Case Study

Simona Loi
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
simona.loi@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/022

Submitted 06 Jul 2018
Accepted 24 Sep 2018

Abstract

This article uses affect theory to redefine the flagellation rituals performed by the vattienti and to relate them to the Šīʿa celebrations of Āšūrā in Lebanon. The term ‘vattienti’ designates the flagellants of a small village situated in Calabria (Southern Italy), who perform their rituals during the last days of the Holy Week, while Āšūrā indicates the mournful ceremonies dedicated to the martyr Ḥusayn. The paper argues that the two rites create specific affective atmospheres, and that the comparative analysis of these atmospheres – especially in relation to the agency of the Italian and Lebanese performants – allows us to overcome representations of these rituals that are centred on primordial religious fanaticism. Agency, specifically, is considered here as the human capacity to act and to resist social structures. The methodologies used in this research are qualitative and, especially, ethnographic fieldworks, participant observations and in-depth interviews.

Keywords
Agency. Affective Atmosphere. ʿĀšūrāʾ. Orientalism. Vattienti.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Loi Simona

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De-orientalising Ritual Blood

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/022

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This article uses affect theory to redefine the flagellation rituals performed by the vattienti and to relate them to the Šīʿa celebrations of Āšūrā in Lebanon. The term ‘vattienti’ designates the flagellants of a small village situated in Calabria (Southern Italy), who perform their rituals during the last days of the Holy Week, while Āšūrā indicates the mournful ceremonies dedicated to the martyr Ḥusayn. The paper argues that the two rites create specific affective atmospheres, and that the comparative analysis of these atmospheres – especially in relation to the agency of the Italian and Lebanese performants – allows us to overcome representations of these rituals that are centred on primordial religious fanaticism. Agency, specifically, is considered here as the human capacity to act and to resist social structures. The methodologies used in this research are qualitative and, especially, ethnographic fieldworks, participant observations and in-depth interviews.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-06

dc.dateAccepted

2018-07-06

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2018-09-24

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Agency

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Affective Atmosphere

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ʿĀšūrāʾ

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Orientalism

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Vattienti

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