This lecture will largely focus on "categories" of Italian Witches and curing techniques such as the releasing of the evil eye/ "Il Malocchio," including various ways of using water to release illness. Karyn will demonstrate the healing technique featured in the black-and-white photos from Sardinia that she learned in the southern region of Campania.
"Italy's Witches and Medicine Women," the name of Karyn Crisis' forthcoming book, is based on her research while living among locals in Italy (the Ligure Region of Italy, Toscana area, Benevento and Sanniti area, Rome, and Udine region, and more). She's interviewed 23 Streghe, Nonna healers, authors (from Benevento, Rome and Naples, and Perturo Irpino, historians, museum directors, ancient folk story experts, Inquisition researchers, Benandanti, and local women from healing lineages. She's walked on remains of 2,000 year old Goddess temples, received healing treatments from Italian witches, learned about Europe's 500 year long Inquisition, and crawled along the cobblestones where women were burned...and delved deep into the heart of what truly is an "Italian Witch". More than this being about the history of unsung female healers, her research has uncovered a most important matrilineal living practice (in harmony with all of nature's cycles) that was destroyed and buried under the patriarchy in ancient times...and whose destruction has affected the modern world today.
Location: The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.
1193 Valencia St. SF, CA 94110