This article uses afect theory to redefine the flagellation rituals performed by the vattienti and to relate them to the $SĪa celebrations of Āšūrā in Lebanon. The term 'vattienti' designates the flagellants of a small village situated in Calabria (Southern Italy), who perform their rituals during the last days of the Holy Week, while Āšūrā indicates the mournful ceremonies dedicated to the martyr usayn. The paper argues that the two rites create specific afective atmospheres, and that the comparative analysis of these atmospheres - especially in relation to the agency of the Italian and Lebanese performants - allows us to overcome representations of these rituals that are centred on primordial religious fanaticism. Agency, specifically, is considered here as the human capacity to act and to resist social structures. The methodologies used in this research are qualitative and, especially, ethnographic fieldworks, participant observations and in-depth interviews.

De-orientalising Ritual Blood

Loi, Simona
2018

Abstract

This article uses afect theory to redefine the flagellation rituals performed by the vattienti and to relate them to the $SĪa celebrations of Āšūrā in Lebanon. The term 'vattienti' designates the flagellants of a small village situated in Calabria (Southern Italy), who perform their rituals during the last days of the Holy Week, while Āšūrā indicates the mournful ceremonies dedicated to the martyr usayn. The paper argues that the two rites create specific afective atmospheres, and that the comparative analysis of these atmospheres - especially in relation to the agency of the Italian and Lebanese performants - allows us to overcome representations of these rituals that are centred on primordial religious fanaticism. Agency, specifically, is considered here as the human capacity to act and to resist social structures. The methodologies used in this research are qualitative and, especially, ethnographic fieldworks, participant observations and in-depth interviews.
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