Friday, May 16, 2014
Citations for tarantism
…I am afraid I shall have nothing more to say, than that the surprising cure of the bite of the Tarantula, by music, has not the least truth in it; and that it is only an invention of the people, who want to get a little money, by dancing when they say the tarantism begins.
The form of music and dance which is commonly perceived to be connected to the ritual of tarantism is the tarantella.
Origin of tarantism
Tarantism comes from Taranto, the name of a seaport city in Italy where the spiders once thought to cause tarantism were frequently found. The tarantula spider is also named for this town.