The statue of the Saint is taken in the streets of the town with a procession. Some women who are devoted to the saint put on their heads the “mezzetti” which are large wooden containers that contain roughly 30 kg of wheat.
The “mezzetti” are decorated with weaved wheat, colored ribbons and plastic flowers.
In this clip, you can see many traditions which are still alive today, including the pinning of money to the saint! (I’ve yet to see an assassination at a festa in New York, though.)
Forty minutes of plague trance, for all your plague trance needs. NB – The song is definitely for San Rocco, but the image is of San Giuseppe! Here is an image of San Rocco for contemplation while listening:
La Smorfia is a type of Southern Italian gematria. It maps dream motifs onto numbers 1 through 90, revealing which numbers should be played in the lottery. Dictionaries mapping thousands of items and ideas onto these numbers are popular in Southern Italy, particularly Naples. You can read one online for free:
Nuova Smorfia del giuoco del lotto (1866) – Giustino Rumeo
Or, if you are looking for an easier way to interpret your dreams according to La Smorfia, this website may be of help.
In this video, my teacher, Alessandra Belloni, demonstrates a ritual rhythm used in devotion to San Rocco in Calabria. This is a 6/8 rhythm, which is a time signature associated with trance and spirit contact in traditional religions from around the world, including African diasporic traditions.