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THE CHRISTIANS AND THE MOORS IN THE TRADITION OF SICILY: THEATRICAL, DANCE AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

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Publisher
Institute of Ethonology and Folklore Research
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Keywords
  • Povijest
  • Moreška
  • Sicilija
  • History
  • Moreška (Moresca)
  • Sicily
Disciplines
  • Anthropology
  • Musicology
  • Religious Science

Abstract

Enumerating, analysing and interpreting theatrical, dance and musical performances such as pantomime, stories, ballads and songs, puppet theatre and processions, the author points to the ideological clash between the two big religions of the Mediterranean. On Sicily, this clash results in the negative perception of the Saracen heritage. Various performances that picture the relationship between the Moors and the Christians on Sicily are reduced to the division according to the topic of the armed conflict and according to the topics of the transfiguration and wedding. The author uses the historical and anthropological arguments to discuss and supports the symbolic bipolarity in which the fighting principle and the negative energy of the conflict are functionally placed in the relationship with the erotic-nuptial principle and the positive energy of love and fertility within the numerous ceremonial contexts.

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