San Domenico Serpari in Cocullo and

Every year, the first Thursday of may, in a small town in the mountains of Abruzzo takes place a party still tied to ancient pagan worship of snakes. The feast of St. Dominic and Serpari in Cocullo is a celebration of life between the sacred and the profane. The ancient snake veneration of marsa was incorporated over the centuries, the celebration of St. Dominic.

The statue of the Saint is carried in procession wrapped in coils of snakes, and the same people that follows is obliged and ricoprirsene. A unique opportunity to walk into a village where once a year the snakes become masters.

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