Culture and Anthropology in “Transhumance. Children of the Minotaur. Stories of Humans and Animals”

(photo by Giuseppe Iazzolino)

Calabria and Puglia in close contact to talk about culture, anthropology, Traditions popular through the volume “Transhumance – Children of the Minotaur – Stories of Humans and Animals” by Eugenio Attanasio And Antonio Rendapublished by Film library of Calabria.

The eventpresented at the headquarters of the park one Castrovillariis linked to the project “Path and meetings for a welcoming, 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 by Castrovillari, inserted in a much larger projectstressed the Vice President of the FITP, Gerardo Bonifati, as it is World meeting of all the associations dealing with and taking care of popular traditions and territorial identities, and hence the section dedicated to transhumance addressed by this very important volume published by Cineteca della Calabria “.

Volumealready presented to Turin Book FairIt is a valuable document all over the area Pollino interested in the phenomenon transhumanceand therefore on a legacy of knowledge and practice, not only zootechnical but also cultural, environmental and anthropological.

“We tell in the book – emphasized the author Eugenio Attanasio – this good relationship of man with the beast, how its domestication has evolved, and from here all arise a series of situations that you will discover in the volume, and guardians become the shepherds, the children of the Minotaur, exponents of a millennial civilization that is still important today to know , preserve and protect “.

Among other things, a chapter is devoted to the book Grotta del Romito a Papasidero, in Pollino Park. A site dating back to the Upper Paleolithic that contains one of the older testimonies of prehistoric art in Italy, and one of the most important in Europe. Outside there are some petroglyphs, among the most important being a graffiti on a large boulder depicting a majestic bovid and funerals dating back to 11,000 years ago approx.

“Today – stressed the senator Fulvia Caligiuri – we are talking about an agreement between Puglia, Calabria and Parco del Pollino, which highlights how beautiful there is, how many traditions there are 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 “.

He repeated him, Giovanni Amatoformer president of Pro Loco of Castrovillari: “Our structure, also thanks to the fact that we have an excellent folkloric group that deals with traditions, the organization is close to all these initiatives that take place to spread our culture our popular traditions in the area “.

A job to starts from prehistoric times to reflect on the Calabrian identity of the third millennium, where there is still a relationship between man and nature and with the territory, all too often otherwise sacrificed to the needs of urban, commercial and industrial development.

“There transhumance it is a ritual that must be an identity marker, and in Calabria there is a breeding, the one of 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 for development both in the livestock sector for meat animals, but also for a new, environmental and sustainable tourism that respects the territory”, says the regional council 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 entrusted Franco Megana FITP Secretary General, to prof Leonardo Alario IRSDD President of Cassano and Regional Councilor for Agriculture Rooster.

After Castrovillari we move to Walnuts May 13 to the inauguration of the exhibition on transhumance, while producing a documentary from the book, which through the seasons has followed a group of breeders from Marcedusa (Cz), who practice semi-wild breeding of podolics, the typical Calabrian breed, engaging in the reconstruction of primordial hunting hypotheses and wall renderings.

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