Cibo e canto (Il sogno del cibo nel canto di tradizione orale)
Artes Vol. V/2003/2, pp. 307-338
Abstract: Songs are not only the soundtracks of man's life, the melodies about his acts, reality, feelings, and state of mind ensnaring every aspect of his everyday life as well as the society he lives in, but they are also medicine that heal one - even if for just a moment - from anguish, pain, the chores of life. In times of suVering and famine, songs about food bring a dream of abundance with their vivid tone, chasing rhythm, and with their excessive enumeration of various dishes; however, they do not represent a state of happiness, rather, they reflect the unbearable pain the yearning for food and filling up the stomach bring about. Nevertheless, these songs were a kind of mental therapy, to release one from suffering. The present paper explores these songs on food, utilizing various papers written on this topic, as well as the results of diachronic and synchronic sociohistorical research.