DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.2.937

The Indigenous Healing Tradition in Calabria, Italy

Michael Bova, Stanley Krippner, Ashwin Budden, Roberto Galante


In 2003, the four of us spent several weeks in Calabria, Italy. We interviewed local people about folk healing remedies, attended a Feast Day honoring St. Cosma and St. Damian, and paid two visits to the Shrine of Madonna dello Scoglio, where we interviewed its founder, Fratel Cosimo. In this essay, we have provided our impressions of Calabria. Although it is one of the poorest areas in Italy, Calabria is one of the richest in its folk traditions and alternative modes of healing.


Calabria; Roma; indigenous; healing; religious; saint; tarantella; ex voto; transpersonal

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This investigation was supported by the Chair for the Study of Consciousness, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, California

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