The Night Battles. Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C. In The Night Battles, Carlo Ginzburg looks at a small group of northeastern Italian people from the area of Friuli who claimed to be ‘benandanti.’ The benandanti. The Night. Battles. Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries. Carlo Ginzburg. Translated by John & Anne Tedeschi. On 21 March.

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Being a benandante was clearly a risky business.

Italian history History of religion. It was written by the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburgthen of the University of Bolognaand first published by the company Giulio Einaudi in under the Italian title of I Benandanti: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: Central European Academic Press. There is no way Ginzburg can support, with his available evidence, what the true intentions of the benandanti were when they confessed to witchcraft practices.

Being a benandante

Usually they are summoned by an angel or the captain. In other words, the trial does not always begin at the same point. Nov 24, Francesca rated it really liked it Shelves: Such rites happened four times a year, once before every season. His narrative, which is presented in a more or less linear manner one story leads to another in a very conscise way and is tied together by the depositions of the accussed, mostly peasants, in northern Italy, in this books specifically in the region of Firuli.

Jun 04, John rated it it was amazing. What, for instance, did Gasparutto mean when he invited the Inquisitor and his parish priest along on one of the nocturnal journeys? The benandanti were members of an old fertility cult in northern Italy whose participants believed their souls left their bodies to fight witches at night, the victor determining whether the harvest succeeded or failed.

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

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Ginzburg is clearly the authority and has establish a reputation as one of the most learned scholars in matters of inquisition and witch hunt. This is followed batles an exploration of the investigation into a midwife named Caterina Domenatta, who was accused of sorcery, and who admitted that both her father and dead husband had been benandante.

Nov 27, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is a Russian emigre and a practicing pagan. Unlike Murray, Ginzburg draws battless line before trying to divine the practices and composition of this original cult instead pointing to our inability to see through centuries of acculturation. The result of this cultural clash, which lasted for more than a century, was the slow metamorphosis of the benandanti into the Inquisition’s mortal enemies—witches.

Of their mental world we know next to nothing, and most of what we do know comes from a single source: But the problem, as Pagden himself ends by recognising, is different. Carlo Ginzburg looks at how the Inquisition’s officers interpreted these tales to support their world view that the peasants were in fact practicing sorcery. Sep 09, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes the Benadante ventured into Hell itself to rescue the seeds.

In Ginzburg’s analysis, the benandanti were a “fertility cult” whose members were “defenders of harvests and the fertility of fields. Before the late 18th century at least, the Inquisitors were the only members of the dominant culture who made any battlees to discover what peasants and artisans believed. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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The Night Battles : Carlo Ginzburg :

Not carrlo course that all nitht its victims were deviants: First, he does a good job in his outlining of the various pagan traditional origins of witchcraft and other cults. In exploring this subject Ginzburg grants some truth to the idea of an ancient pre-Christian, fertility cult originally posited by M.

If the benandanti won, good triumphed for a season — fields were fertile, storms rare, children healthy. But men do not change their beliefs unless they have reasons for so doing, although they may well, of course, change the accounts they give of them. Most scholars in the English-speaking world could not read Italian, meaning that when I Benandanti was first published inthe information which it contained remained out of the grasp of the majority of historians studying Early Modern witchcraft in the United States.

Often times the caul is worn on the person in order for them to participate in the battle. It’s not always clear or accessible in its presentation, though – Ginzburg’s style is to present a mass of case studies, and then comment on them when he feels like it.