San Lorenzo and “Battimento”
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In summer, in August, the feast of San Lorenzo – Patron of Aidone – is a deeply felt event in the village. From the 16th century it is a devoted tradition to the saint, who according to legend is responsible for having intercepted a shipment of merchandise infected with the plague, setting it on fire and saving the village.
It seems that the Battimento has been repeated every ten years until the late 19th century when it was suspended until 2005, when it was recovered. About a thousand years of theatrical representation of an event is therefore, interesting and curious. It was not a battle, not a military confrontation; it is said that the representation refers to a tournament by William the Norman wanting to “pacify” the relations of domination and persecution of the Norman community at the expense of Muslims. Yes, William wanted to represent a battle, in fact the final battle that he decreed, not far from Aidone (at the so-called “Jewish Pass”), was the final defeat of the Muslims in those territories. The representation today tells of two cultures that meet, confront each other and follow along with the processions of Our Lady of Grace and San Lorenzo. The Countess Adelasia, a highly respected figure, welcomes representatives of other medieval festivals in Sicily.

  Click to listen highlighted text! In summer, in August, the feast of San Lorenzo – Patron of Aidone – is a deeply felt event in the village. From the 16th century it is a devoted tradition to the saint, who according to legend is responsible for having intercepted a shipment of merchandise infected with the plague, setting it on fire and saving the village. It seems that the Battimento has been repeated every ten years until the late 19th century when it was suspended until 2005, when it was recovered. About a thousand years of theatrical representation of an event is therefore, interesting and curious. It was not a battle, not a military confrontation; it is said that the representation refers to a tournament by William the Norman wanting to “pacify” the relations of domination and persecution of the Norman community at the expense of Muslims. Yes, William wanted to represent a battle, in fact the final battle that he decreed, not far from Aidone (at the so-called “Jewish Pass”), was the final defeat of the Muslims in those territories. The representation today tells of two cultures that meet, confront each other and follow along with the processions of Our Lady of Grace and San Lorenzo. The Countess Adelasia, a highly respected figure, welcomes representatives of other medieval festivals in Sicily.

 


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