Ostuni, Lecce, and Spiders

I visited more towns of Apulia and the Salento (the southernmost part of Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot) yesterday. In ancient times, Lecce was Lupiae and Ostuni was Astu néon. In the following photos, you will find an inscription from the Greek town of Ostuni, originally inhabited by the Messapii, destroyed by Hannibal, and rebuilt by the Greeks; what’s left of the Roman amphitheater and Greek theater in Lecce with some panels from a 3D exhibit about those buildings; and spectacular objects from an exhibition about the history and mystery of Taranta, Tarantismo and the Tarantella. (Museo Storico Città di Lecce – MUST). As the Italian panels and Latin artifacts suggest, the tarantula spider was related to a phenomenon experienced by women.  Either as the cause or the cure (it is unclear), the spider bite either led to or helped convulsions and a trance-like state, accompanied by music played on the violin, accordion and tambourine.  The tarantella dance evolved from the dancing therapy that was supposed to stave off. The exhibit included a fascinating and disturbing video.
 

Lecce

  

Ostuni

  

Roman Amphitheater in Lecce

  

Roman Amphitheater in Lecce

  

Roman Amphitheater in Lecce

  

Roman Amphitheater in Lecce

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Taranterra – MUST Exhibit

  

Greek Theater of Lecce

  

Panel from 3D Exhibit at MUST

    

Panel from 3D Exhibit at MUST

  

Panel from 3D Exhibit from MUST

 

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