The name 'tarantula' comes from the town of Taranto in Southern Italy and was originally used for an unrelated species of European wolf spider. The name was borrowed to apply to the theraphosids when Europeans explored areas where these large spiders were common. Let's forget the spider association, it's not even good folklore. Not entirely clear that there was never any association with spiders.
I am not sure how much of even this passage is based on folklore. That's an interesting read, Jim, thanks. It at least explains tarantism and debunks the spider connection, while it acknowledges the folklore. For recent interpreters of the Tarantella phenom, don't forget Allessandra Belloni. Most or all?
URLs are below. Belloni's interpretation is that the tarantella is a dance of sexual healing for mostly women, sometimes men. I don't know. But the waltz was written by Nino Rota lived , born in Milan. Mamma Mia! Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Comments 2 Comments Categories Uncategorized.
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The tarantella is most frequently played with a mandolin , a guitar, an accordion and tambourines. Flute , fiddle , trumpet and clarinet are also used. The tarantella is a dance in which the dancer and the drum player constantly try to upstage each other by playing faster or dancing longer than the other, subsequently tiring one person out first.
Tarantism, as a ritual, is supposed to have roots in the ancient myths. Reportedly, victims who had collapsed or were convulsing would begin to dance with appropriate music and be revived as if a tarantula had bitten them. The music used to treat dancing mania appears to be similar to that used in the case of tarantism though little is known about either. Justus Hecker — , describes in his work Epidemics of the Middle Ages :. A convulsion infuriated the human frame [ Entire communities of people would join hands, dance, leap, scream, and shake for hours [
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