• Short Summary

    Every first Thursday in May, a Saint's effigy, decorated with writhing snakes, is borne through the narrow streets of Cocullo, in the mountainous region of Abruzzi, Italy.

  • Description

    Every first Thursday in May, a Saint's effigy, decorated with writhing snakes, is borne through the narrow streets of Cocullo, in the mountainous region of Abruzzi, Italy. On may 5 the villagers - who gain their living from catching snakes - again celebrated this centuries old tradition.

    During the days immediately preceding the feast, villagers go out 'en masse' to hunt for snakes. Every metre of the surrounding area is combed, and the snakes are brought back alive and kept in earthenware jars until the procession.

    Men, women and children, all carrying live snakes, followed the statue of St. Domenick - the regions patron Saint - from the church, through the streets and back to the church for a service of thanksgiving for a goof 'halves'. Preceding the statue were two local girls bearing five large cakes in baskets. These cakes are traditionally given to the five male bearers.

    For centuries the villagers of Cocullo have lived by catching snakes. First for medicinal purposes, and today for shoe manufacture and other decorative uses.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6CITWZJNJK74PRDGRR38HQBPD
    Media URN:
    VLVA6CITWZJNJK74PRDGRR38HQBPD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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