Tarantula by William Semeraro
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Tarantula

October 28, 2019

In southern Italy, in the older days, religion was very oppressing and anything "passion"-related was seen as a sin. Frustration found escape in a sort of euphoria showcased with a dance; that trance-like dance was called Taranta, by the name of the poisonous spider living in the area. So to camouflage these forbidden feelings, their cause was related to a spider's bit, and the only way to cure it, was for the women to dance till they fainted.

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