Sunday, October 2, 2011

calabresi tarantella

I had to watch this video lol and I wish I understood the beautiful song about "chuchu" the donkey. ( any Italians out there)

I remember the Italians in my neighborhood used to call each other chuch lol.
I found out about the famous Italian volcano and a little about the tarantella dance ( which I used to play on my piano)
The Tarantella is about a girl who got bitten by a tarantula. She does a dance to sweat out the venom. The dance is called the Tarantella because it is fast and makes you sweat, like the girl who got bitten.
The Legend of the Tarantella

by Anthony Parente

No Italian wedding or celebration would be complete without the rhythmic song and dance of the tarantella. It is the most popular of all the Italian songs and it is even considered by many as the song of Italy. The song is both lively and graceful and the dance is one of light and quick steps mixed with passionate gestures. Its origin dates back to the Middles Ages and traces of a similar song can even be found in Magna Graecia.

Legend states that between the 15th and 17th centuries an epidemic of tarantism swept through the town of Taranto in southern Italy. This was as a result of being bit by the poisonous tarantula spider. The victim, which is referred to as the tarantata, was almost always a woman but never a high ranking lady or one of an aristocratic upbringing. Once bitten the tarantata would fall into a trance that could only be cured by frenzied dancing. People would surround the victim while musicians would play mandolins, guitars and tambourines in search of the correct rhythm. Each beat would have a different effect on the tarantata causing various movements and gestures. Once the correct rhythm was found it was almost certain that the tarantata was cured.

As legends have it there always seems to be more than one version. Another version states that a woman who was depressed and frustrated from the subordinate lifestyle would fall into a trance that could only be cured by music and dance. This normally lasted three days and during that time the tarantata would be the center of attention, which in turn would cure them of their frustrations and depressions.

Of these two variations that most popular is the one in which the victim is bitten by the poisonous tarantula. This is why the tarantella is sometimes referred to as the dance of the spider.


La Calabria is one of Italy's seven ihmeestä.Stromboli which is known as one of the world's most active volcanoes. This volcano, you can see a very Tropesta when the sun goes down.
Tarantella is a genuine Southern Italian folk music. And in Calabria is a lot of great churches, as well as the beautiful medieval castles, which were Calabrialaisille noblemen.


Hope you have a great day!

P.S. By the way, here is the modern version of the dance

This must be where calabresi salami comes from too:
5lbs meduim ground pork butt
4 Tbsp Salt
2 tsp Fennel
1 Tbsp white pepper
3 Tbsp crushed hot red pepper
1/2 cup sweet vermouth
1/2 cup brandy
6 cloves of pressed garlic

Combine all ingredients, mix well and refrigerate for 48 hours.
Stuff into large hog casings, tie off in 8" links and dry for 10-12 weeks


Maude Lynn said...

That's really interesting!

A Lady's Life said...

mama zen - I thought it was.sometimes the tarantula is changed for a wolf spider.
How ever I found many different lyrics of this song and could not find the original sicilian one.With all the dialects,
People can't interpret the words. lol

SandyCarlson said...

What a cool post. That was a lot of fun!

Gattina said...

My husband is Italian but he didn't understand a word. It's the dialect from Southern Italy and the North Italians understand a few words but it is not the "good" Italian (I speak Italian too).
As in most countries North and South have some animosities against each other, lol ! For my husband Italy stops at Rome !

A Lady's Life said...

sandy - viva italia as they say lol

A Lady's Life said...

gattina - lol Its amazing that it could be so different that even sicilians can't translate it.They some words have no translation .I can understand that cause its the meaning behind the words.