Culture and anthropology in the volume “Transhumance – Children of Minotaur – Stories about humans and animals” –

Calabria and Puglia in close contact to talk about culture, anthropology and popular traditions through the volume “Transhumance – Children of the Minotaur – Stories of Humans and Animals” by Eugenio Attanasio and Antonio Renda, published by Cineteca della Calabria.

The event, presented at the park’s headquarters in Castrovillari, is linked to the project “Path and meetings for an inviting, resilient and historically oriented Puglia to intercultural dialogue” promoted by the Italian Federation of Folk Traditions with co-financing of the Puglia region.
“An initiative from Castrovillari, included in a much broader project, underlined the Vice President of FITP, Gerardo Bonifati, which is the world meeting of all the associations that deal with and take care of popular traditions and territorial identities and hence dedicated section for transhumance covered by this very important volume published by Cineteca della Calabria “
The volume, already presented at the Turin Book Fair, is a valuable document about the entire Pollino area, interested in the phenomenon of transhumance, and therefore about a wealth of knowledge and practice, not only in the field of livestock but also in the field of culture, environmental and anthropological.
“We tell in the book, the author Eugenio Attanasio, emphasized this great relationship between man and animal, how its domestication has developed, and therefore a number of situations arise which you will discover in the volume and, guardians become the shepherds, children of Minotaurus, exponents for a millennial civilization that is still important today to know, preserve and protect “.
The book includes a chapter dedicated to the Grotta del Romito in Papasidero, in Pollino Park. A site dating back to the Upper Paleolithic, containing one of the oldest testimonies of prehistoric art in Italy, and one of the most important in Europe. Outside there are some petroglyphs, among which the most important is a graffiti on a large boulder depicting a majestic bovid and burials dating back to about 11,000 years ago.
“Today, the senator, Fulvia Caligiuri, emphasized that we are talking about an agreement between Puglia, Calabria and Parco del Pollino, which highlights how beautiful there is, how much tradition there is between Puglia and Calabria; we are talking about transhumance and we are talking about culture and traditions that can give so much to our territories and to Calabria in a special way. “
Giovanni Amato, former president of the Pro Loco of Castrovillari, repeated to him: “Our structure, also thanks to the fact that we have an excellent folkloric group dealing with traditions, the organization is close to all these initiatives that they carry out our popular traditions in the area to spread our culture “.
A work that starts from prehistoric times with reflecting on the Calabrian identity in the third millennium, where there is still a relationship between man and nature and with the territory, which is all too often sacrificed to the needs of urban, commercial and industrial development.
“Transhumance is a ritual that must be an identity marker, and in Calabria there is a breeding, the one from Podolica, in which we intend to invest heavily and in which we support in every way to ensure that this tradition in Calabria “can also be a model” of development both in the livestock sector for meat animals, but also for a new, environmental and sustainable tourism that respects the territory “. Thus the regional councilor for agriculture, Gianluca Gallo in his speech.

Present at the presentation are the Park Authority, the municipal, provincial and regional institutions and the Italian Federation of Popular Traditions. The interventions were handed over to Franco Megna’s Secretary General of the FITP, to Prof Leonardo Alario, President of the IRSDD in Cassano, and to the Regional Councilor for Agriculture, Gianluca Gallo.

After Castrovillari, we move to Noci on May 13 for the inauguration of the exhibition on transhumance, while a documentary is produced based on the book, which through the seasons has followed a group of breeders from Marcedusa (Cz), who practice the semi-wild breeding of podolics, the typical Calabrian race engaged in the reconstruction of primordial hunting hypotheses and wall renderings. (photo by Giuseppe Iazzolino)

Anna Rita Cardamone

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