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Italy, Cocullo serpari (13 images)

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Every year in May is celebrated in Cocullo an ancient rite, transformed today into a sacred-secular party. It all starts with the "Serpari" who at the end of March, go outside the town in search of snakes. Once captured, they are kept carefully in wooden boxes (in ancient times in the clay containers) for 15-20 days feeding them live mice and boiled eggs. This custom is linked to the civilization of the ancient Marsi, but the cocullesi evoke in honor of San Domenico which is...
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