By Alessandro Falassi,Roger D. Abrahams

For centuries, social lifestyles in rural Tuscany has headquartered round the veglia, a night amassing of friends and family on the fire. Folklore by way of the fireplace is an intensive and insightful learn of this custom—from the stories, riddles, lullabies, and folks prayers played because the babies are positioned to mattress to the courtship songs and dances later within the night to the anti-veglia male gossip, card video games, and protest songs originating within the tavern.

Alessandro Falassi skillfully correlates the veglia to the rites of passage and kin values of an agrarian society. even supposing the impression of mass media and different elements has tended to weaken the culture, even this present day Tuscan kids are taught to act and youth are guided alongside the normal route to maturity, courtship, and marriage via veglia folklore.

This is the 1st paintings to deal systematically with Tuscan folklore from a semiotic and structural perspective and to check the veglia as a method of handing down conventional values. it is vital not just for its cautious, targeted description but in addition for its rigorous method and theoretical richness.

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