I fuochi sacri dei paesi iblei: il caso dell’ampelodesma di Cassaro e di Ferla

The study presented below analyzes the rituals of fire in the small towns of Cassaro and Ferla located in the prov. of Syracuse in South Eastern Sicily. Specifically, the analysis considers the use of the ampelodesma plant used during the procession of Sant’Antonio (Cassaro) and of the Holy Saturday at Ferla. At first we will observe the way in which tradition dialogues with contemporaneity: the construction of the ciaccare / sciaccare, the methods of oral transmission of the heritage, the phases of the ritual. Secondly, we will analyze the patrimonialization processes of the folkloric act and in particular the way in which “contemporaneity” proposes strategies tending to modify the tradition itself thanks to processes moving on global platforms.