Italian Witchcraft Charms and Neapolitan Witchcraft

The Cimaruta, its Structure and Development


5.5 × 8.5 in, 52 pages

English language

Published by Read and Co. Books.

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This compact volume is a wealth of knowledge on Neapolitan witchcraft, with a primary focus on the folklore behind the Cimaruta.

Delve into the mysticism of rural Southern Italy in the early 1900s and explore the many traditional superstitions and beliefs of Naples. This fascinating collection of notes features an oral transcript between the author and a practising witch. A perfect read for those who wish to learn more about the Italian folk amulet, the Cimaruta, which is worn to ward off the evil eye’s curse.

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too short too old

5 stars

giving it five stars because it is the only resource i found it about the subject so far, but saying it's outdated is an euphemism.

the first part about witchcraft in the neapolitan area has a nice beginning and nice ending, but the whole middle chunk is so boring...

the chapter about the cimaruta is very very nice, but then, again, old and, probably, for that same reason, could go more in depth on some things.

i really like the last chapter with the illustrations though. very 19th century. lol.