At the table of souls

31 October, 1-2 November 2015

Hours 20:00 / 24:00

“At the Mensa delle Anime”

the food that honors the dead

Museum Complex of Santa Maria delle Anime of Purgatory in Arco

Via Tribunali, 39 – Naples

EXTRAORDINARY OPENING OF THE CHURCH, OF THE MUSEUM AND OF THE HYPOGEUM AND TASTING OF THE TORRONE DEI MORTI IN THE SMALL COURTYARD.

There is a place in the city of Naples, where the time of life and that which goes beyond life merge and merge through the extraordinary relationship of the Neapolitan people with death.

The great and suggestive Hypogeum of the complex of Santa Maria delle Anime of Purgatory in Arco has for centuries guarded the pezzentelle souls and the cult that accompanies them, a cult that bears witness to the great sense of life that our people attribute to death and its events.

On the occasion of the celebration of the feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of the Dead, the Museum Complex will perform three extraordinary evening openings in which the central theme will be the relationship between death and food, telling of those rites through which the Dead are reintegrated into the Community of Men, solving the contrast between the terrible place of darkness, and the regenerating radiance of life on the surface.

At the Mensa delle Anime he takes us back to a very ancient cult of the dead, to a celebration that had above all a food language, full of symbolic meanings.

In the evening between 1 and 2 November, on the eve of the commemoration of the dead, according to popular tradition, the deceased loved ones return to visit us on earth. The journey that separates them from the world of the living is long and tiring, so that to restore their loved ones and to make them friendly towards the coming days, the culinary tradition of the Feast of the Dead is born, which brings together all the regions in meaning and purpose. of the peninsula.

The rituals connected to the consumption of particular foods show the kind of relationship that the living interwove with the dead; the presence of the souls of the dead, their assistance to those who are alive, is considered essential, that is why eating certain foods allows us to re-establish, every time, a strong bond that, by doing good to the souls of the dead, shortens the time of their penalty awaiting eternal salvation.

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