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Barn Owl (Tyto alba) on a column and statue at night, FranceBarn Owl (Tyto alba) on a column and statue at night, FranceBarn Owl (Tyto alba) on a column and statue at night, France© Frank Deschandol & Philippe Sabine / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Chapel of Notre-Dame de Beauvoir from the 13th century during a snowfall, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, labeled Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, regional natural park of Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, FranceChapel of Notre-Dame de Beauvoir from the 13th century during a snowfall, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, labeled Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, regional natural park of Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, FranceChapel of Notre-Dame de Beauvoir from the 13th century during a snowfall, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, labeled Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, regional natural park of Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Aubrac plateau, cross above Lac des Moines caught by ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Aveyron, FranceAubrac plateau, cross above Lac des Moines caught by ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Aveyron, FranceAubrac plateau, cross above Lac des Moines caught by ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Aveyron, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Aubrac plateau, granite cross and Lac des Moines frozen in ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, FranceAubrac plateau, granite cross and Lac des Moines frozen in ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, FranceAubrac plateau, granite cross and Lac des Moines frozen in ice, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Aubrac, Notre-Dame des Pauvres church, La Dômerie, former abbey, on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac Regional Natural Park, Aveyron, FranceAubrac, Notre-Dame des Pauvres church, La Dômerie, former abbey, on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac Regional Natural Park, Aveyron, FranceAubrac, Notre-Dame des Pauvres church, La Dômerie, former abbey, on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac Regional Natural Park, Aveyron, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marchastel bridge over the Bès river, on the GR 65 between Rieutort d'Aubrac and Nasbinals, Chemin de Compostelle en Aubrac, classified World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, FranceMarchastel bridge over the Bès river, on the GR 65 between Rieutort d'Aubrac and Nasbinals, Chemin de Compostelle en Aubrac, classified World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, FranceMarchastel bridge over the Bès river, on the GR 65 between Rieutort d'Aubrac and Nasbinals, Chemin de Compostelle en Aubrac, classified World Heritage by UNESCO for its authentic natural setting, Aubrac regional natural park, Lozère, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Skulls of the Carmelite Chapel, Carmelite Church of Faro (XVIII): Walls and ceiling entirely built with skulls and bones (femurs) human, about 1200 skeletons of monks, Algarve, PortugalSkulls of the Carmelite Chapel, Carmelite Church of Faro (XVIII): Walls and ceiling entirely built with skulls and bones (femurs) human, about 1200 skeletons of monks, Algarve, PortugalSkulls of the Carmelite Chapel, Carmelite Church of Faro (XVIII): Walls and ceiling entirely built with skulls and bones (femurs) human, about 1200 skeletons of monks, Algarve, Portugal© Jean-Philippe Delobelle / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Wooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Wooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Wooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceWooden cross on the shore of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Notre-Dame des Monts chapel of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceNotre-Dame des Monts chapel of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, FranceNotre-Dame des Monts chapel of Lake Allos (2226 m), in the background the Tours du Lac, Haut-Verdon, Mercantour National Park, Alps, France© Michel Cavalier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Virgin of Troumouse Circus, Pyrenees, FranceVirgin of Troumouse Circus, Pyrenees, FranceVirgin of Troumouse Circus, Pyrenees, France© Georges Lopez / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Calvary and Saint-Michel chapel, Bréhat island, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, FranceCalvary and Saint-Michel chapel, Bréhat island, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, FranceCalvary and Saint-Michel chapel, Bréhat island, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France© Frédéric Tournay / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Chapelotte the Virgin Without Name, forest, hill of Pain de Sucre, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin Without Name, forest, hill of Pain de Sucre, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin Without Name, forest, hill of Pain de Sucre, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Chapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Chapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, FranceChapelotte the Virgin of Sondaine, forest, Celles-sur-Plaine, Vosges, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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The Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, FranceThe Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, FranceThe Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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The Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, FranceThe Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, FranceThe Blessed Oak, oak (Quercus robur) with statue of the Virgin in his trunk, forest, Magny-les-Jussey, Haute-Saone, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Oak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, FranceOak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, FranceOak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Oak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, FranceOak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, FranceOak with Virgin, statue, forest, Chaux, Jura, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Holy oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Holy oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Holy oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, FranceHoly oak of Virgin, circumference of 7,90 m to 1,20 m high, about 5OO years old, statuette of the Virgin, roadside, Bresilley, Haute Saone, France© Denis Bringard / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Walker walking on a country road passing near an isolated church in the middle of fields, in the town of Saint-André-Farivillers, Oise, Picardy - France. Church Saint-André built in the sixteenth century and classified as a historical monument. Rape field (Brassica napus) in bloom in spring, in April. GR 124 hiking trail.Walker walking on a country road passing near an isolated church in the middle of fields, in the town of Saint-André-Farivillers, Oise, Picardy - France. Church Saint-André built in the sixteenth century and classified as a historical monument. Rape field (Brassica napus) in bloom in spring, in April. GR 124 hiking trail.Walker walking on a country road passing near an isolated church in the middle of fields, in the town of Saint-André-Farivillers, Oise, Picardy - France. Church Saint-André built in the sixteenth century and classified as a historical monument. Rape field (Brassica napus) in bloom in spring, in April. GR 124 hiking trail.© Samuel Dhier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Senanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, Europe© Juan-Carlos Muñoz / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France

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Senanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, Europe© Juan-Carlos Muñoz / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France

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Senanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, Europe© Juan-Carlos Muñoz / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France

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Senanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, EuropeSenanque Abbey, The Abbaye de Senanque, Cistercian Architecture, Gordes Village, Provence, France, Europe© Juan-Carlos Muñoz / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France

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Wooden cross above a sea of ​​fog, Alps, FranceWooden cross above a sea of ​​fog, Alps, FranceWooden cross above a sea of ​​fog, Alps, France© Olivier Born / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Symbol of the way of Saint Jacques in Nasbinals, Languedoc-Roussillon, FranceSymbol of the way of Saint Jacques in Nasbinals, Languedoc-Roussillon, FranceSymbol of the way of Saint Jacques in Nasbinals, Languedoc-Roussillon, France© Hervé Chellé / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Partial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany France ; A cloud of sail reduces sunlight and transforms the dazzling sun disk in a growing, albeit very bright, but bearable. Details of the architecture of the cathedral Saint Corentin Quimper adorn the foreground. Partial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany FrancePartial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany France ; A cloud of sail reduces sunlight and transforms the dazzling sun disk in a growing, albeit very bright, but bearable. Details of the architecture of the cathedral Saint Corentin Quimper adorn the foreground. © Laurent Laveder / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Partial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany France ; A cloud of sail reduces sunlight and transforms the dazzling sun disk in a growing, albeit very bright, but bearable. Details of the architecture of the cathedral Saint Corentin Quimper adorn the foreground.Partial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany FrancePartial Solar Eclipse and Cathedral - Brittany France ; A cloud of sail reduces sunlight and transforms the dazzling sun disk in a growing, albeit very bright, but bearable. Details of the architecture of the cathedral Saint Corentin Quimper adorn the foreground.© Laurent Laveder / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Zodiacal Light and Church Hœdic - Brittany France ; Despite the lights that illuminate the town of Hoëdic, the zodiacal light is visible around Venus, in the Milky Way. Zodiacal Light and Church Hœdic - Brittany FranceZodiacal Light and Church Hœdic - Brittany France ; Despite the lights that illuminate the town of Hoëdic, the zodiacal light is visible around Venus, in the Milky Way. © Laurent Laveder / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Belt of Venus and cross on the Island of Houat - France ; When taking a picture of 300 ° wide every 7.5 minutes, we see the shadow of the Earth (dark orange arch hemmed called "Belt of Venus") that rises into the atmosphere of Earth as the sun goes down behind the horizon. Well contrasted from the sunset, she eventually blend into the twilight sky brightness.Belt of Venus and cross on the Island of Houat - FranceBelt of Venus and cross on the Island of Houat - France ; When taking a picture of 300 ° wide every 7.5 minutes, we see the shadow of the Earth (dark orange arch hemmed called "Belt of Venus") that rises into the atmosphere of Earth as the sun goes down behind the horizon. Well contrasted from the sunset, she eventually blend into the twilight sky brightness.© Laurent Laveder / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Moonset over Douarnenez and its reflection - Bretagne France ; Panorama of 6 photosMoonset over Douarnenez and its reflection - Bretagne FranceMoonset over Douarnenez and its reflection - Bretagne France ; Panorama of 6 photos© Laurent Laveder / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Wild flowers on window - Village of Cocullo Abruzzo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Wild flowers on window - Village of Cocullo Abruzzo ItalyWild flowers on window - Village of Cocullo Abruzzo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Village Cocullo - Snakes Ceremony Abruzzo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Village Cocullo - Snakes Ceremony Abruzzo ItalyVillage Cocullo - Snakes Ceremony Abruzzo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Village Cocullo and panel - Snakes Ceremony Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Village Cocullo and panel - Snakes Ceremony ItalyVillage Cocullo and panel - Snakes Ceremony Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Snakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalySnakes on St. Dominic Statue - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Statue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Statue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalyStatue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
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Statue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Statue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalyStatue of St. Dominic - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Preparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Preparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalyPreparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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Preparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.<br>This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.<br>After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.<br>This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.<br>A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.Preparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo ItalyPreparations of snakes - Snakes Ceremony Cocullo Italy ; Every year, the 1st of may, there is a religious ceremony where a Saint Domenico statue, covered with four-lined snakes is paraded in the village streets.
This tradition, today a catholic one, has a pagan origin. It’s said to be linked to the adoration of the goddess Angizzia by the ancient Marsi civilization. This goddess was supposed to protect people from venons, including the snake ones.
After this time, this protection has been attributed to saint Domenico, a monk who stayed 7 years in Cocullo.
This saint is not the theologian Saint Domenic, founder of the Dominican order, and sometimes wrongly quoted to be the founder of the Holy Inquisition while he was already dead at that time, but a local saint, called Domenico di Foligno, an Umbria place where he was born in 951, and also sometimes Domenico di Sora, a Latium place where he died in 1031. In Cocullo, he is supposed to have made a miracle : as the village was invaded by venomous snakes, he charmed them with his flute, making them harmless.
A sanctuary was then built that became a pilgrimage location, and the snake ceremony was created.
© Alain Mafart-Renodier / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale

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