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History of Southern Italy – Regna della due Sicili, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies – Emigration and the Diaspora – The New World - Loss of Culture, Language and Traditions – Shame – Genetic Memory - The importance of Reintegration/Reclamation
Goddess culture – Tribal culture – Crossroads - Etruscan, Greek influences – Introduction of Dreaming Temples – Asclepius, God of Healing and Dreaming – The Crescent Moon Bear
The Blessing Way - Fa Lo Santuccio - Who are the Benedetti and what do they do?
The Salerno Medical School – Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Italic medical thought - Southern Italian Synthesis and Philosophy of Healing – Medicines – Plants – Humors - Constitution – Garden of Minerva – Categorization of herbs to understand how best to apply them to the human body
DREAM AND HEAL WHISPERED THE SACRED SNAKE
Going into the Healing Dream Temple – the clients, the priestesses, the snake, the practices, cleansing, diet, preparation rituals, dream incubation, dream interpretation, divination and diagnosis – Dream recall techniques - Salt and water
Healing and protecive stones, iron, earth energies, magnetic poles, power points, choosing a place for prayer and ceremony.
PULIRE E PURIFICARE
Cross Cultural Cleansing Ceremonies – Constructing a ceremony, a blessing, a prayer – Limpias - healing ceremonies – egg healing - Herbs and stones for healing ceremony.
Herbs, stones, animal parts and other substances that enhance dreaming, divination and magic and inspire energetic healing – Traditional Southern Italian recipes/formulas
PROTECTION AND SPIRIT HEALING
Malocchio – who, how, where, why, when? - elements for protection – traditional amulets and talismans, protective mudras, sacred prayers and healing ritual to counter Malocchio (evil eye) – containing oneself so as not to pass the evil eye to others - Creating a Brevi Bag
LEARNING TO SPEAK OUR ANCESTRAL LANGUAGE
Drumming, singing, dance – traditional ancestral rhythms, healing songs and chants – Tammoriata, Tarantism, Esoterismo - The bite of the Spider, Scorpion, Snake - ecstatic trance as spiritual practice of Southern Italia – walking between the worlds - The Cult of the Dead - Calling upon and making offerings to the Ancestors
The Madonnas – Mother Mary – Sorrowful Mother - Madonna of Pompei – Madonna della Neve – Madonna dei Cerri – Madonna della Nera (The Black Madonnas) – Madonna Monte Virgin – Buona Dea – Cibele - Hera – Diana – Hecate - Minerva – Persephone – Demeter/Ceres – Our Lady of the Healing Herbs - The Rosary
VENERATING THE REBEL SAINTS
Finding and Feeding the Saints – Sant Anna – Sant Rocco - Sant Antonio – Sant Antuono - San Giuseppe – San Cono – Sant Ciro – San Giacomo – Santa Lucia – Sant Agata - San Padre Pio - San Michele – Santa Teresa - San Biago - Feast Days of the Saints, pilgrimages, processions, songs, rituals, novennas in their honor
HOLY SPIRIT OF THE HEARTH
Domestic holiness – cleaning as spiritual practice – domestic tools as saced objects (broom, dust pan, whisk broom, spray bottle, wash rags, etc.) holy water, smudge/fumigation – bells – lifting the energy of the home and prayer space – enhancing the health of one’s environment – growing certain plants around the home for protection, health and good fortune.
Making a sacred space in the home, creating an altar. Sacred Days/Holy Days – Catholic/Pagan correspondences – solstices and cross quarter days, traditional Southern Italian seasonal celebrations, foods and beverages.
Bringing it all back home – Reclaiming and reintegrating our many centuries old prayer, magico/religious, blessing ways, dream, dance, music, herbs, foods and healing traditions back into our daily lives – reclaiming our original languages – sharing our traditions
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