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Natale Spineto

Natale Spineto is PhD in History of Religions at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and in History and Anthropology of Religions at Paris IV- Sorbonne. He has been Directeur d’études invité all’École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He teachers History of Religions at the Turin University. His researches focus mainly on ancient religions and on theory and history of religious science. His latest publication is La festa (Roma-Bari, Laterza 2015).

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Processions, holy weeks, patron saint festivals, and the like, have been emptied of their meaning and survive only as spectacles and attractions for tourists. Many academics have denounced this prejudice, but it appears to be particularly resilient and continues to resurface under different forms.