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The Verbicaro's Battenti.

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    Bronze in Press/General News
  • Photographer
    Domenico Innantuono
  • Credit
    Domenico Iannantuono

The scourging rites which still take place in Calabria during Holy Week are rituals that can be traced back to ancient practices of mortification of the flesh and the spirit for devotional purposes, as well as blood regeneration, virility and vitality practices. After a brief and intimate preparation the knockers appear suddenly. They start their ritual by striking with force on the thighs with a "cardillo" (a cork stopper with thirteen glasses fragments stuck in one of the ends and welded with wax) and marking with his own blood the square outside the church and the votive chapels.