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Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

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Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

What are the local histories and customs of this interesting town that was built in what looks like the middle of a mountainous forest? Has anyone been there recently? Local religions? Why were the townsmen dressed up in KluKluxKlan hats on a local Funeral Postcard shown on one site? (they were carying the casket out of the "church")

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1. Re: Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

Was it not really a church? Is that why you used quotes around the word?

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2. Re: Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

I don't know why you put "church" in parentheses but I guess it is because you think they were wearing Ku Klux Klan garb. Those types of hoods did not originate with the klan. Besides, the klan was hatched in the U.S.

amazon.com/Dragonea-Funeral-Procession-Relig…

I think this might be the photo you are referring to?

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What looks like a KluKluxKlan hat to an American has nothing to do with the KluKluxKlan. Penitents and members of Roman-Catholic religious brotherhoods in Italy and Spain have been wearing hats like that since the Middle Ages, since before the KluKluxKlan was founded, indeed,since before America was discovered.

The area of the Amalfi Coast, where Dragonea is located, is not generally considered a "mountainous forest", and the local religion is Roman Catholicism, which, of course, may seem only slightly less contemptible than theKluKluxKlan to some people. And the building on that photo is definitely a church.

Edited: 04 May 2012, 22:16
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Thank-you for the very informative information on European Roman Catholic religious customs! Now, do you know why Dragonea is called Dragonea? ( I am asking the question because I do not know) Also, I apparently need to study the Middle Ages more and glean more knowledge on how the previous customs got started.

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5. Re: Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

To the person who inquired about "why did you make a special note of the word "church"? I may have a large imagination, but on the exterior of the church on the visible right wall, is an artist's depiction of a serpentine creature....possibly a dragon? A church that is representative of Christ,

would very doubtfully have a serpent or a dragon on the exterior. You can see the postcard (taken in 1923 over there) from the site that was cited by the person from Canada. There may have been a real serpent-like animal living nearby in past history, in one of the caves around there. In that case, maybe the drawing is like a Coat-of-Arms emblem for the town.

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The original name of Dragonea was Transboneam, which was Latin for "over the Boneam river". This became Transbonea, and, nobody knows why, gradually got mutated into Dragonea.

The stucco scroll on the church door is not a serpent, it's just a very typical scroll decoration of the Baroque period, and later. If you'll look closely at the hoods, you'll see they have long noses attached to them, and really don't resemble Ku Klux Klan hood at all. This kind of hood dates from the middle ages.

I suppose you've never seen the kinds of carvings on medieval cathedrals, where all sorts of strange creatures are depicted. They often have some sort of religious symbolism, which may be forgotten by now. Dragons could very well be found in very old churches. They were often symbols of Satan and might have been shown to illustrate victory over evil. However, the church shown in this photo is much more recent than that, and the scroll is just a scroll.

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There is a legend about a dragon, cited in the Italian version of Wikepedia about the name of this place: "una leggenda lo fa derivare da un orrendo dragone. Si narra infatti che in una spelonca in prossimità del paese si annidava un serpente di smisurata grandezza che fu ucciso da S. Leone, abate del Monastero della SS. Trinità di Cava, il quale con le sue preghiere, più che con la spada, liberò il popolo da quell'incubo[1]."

The legend says the name derives from a horrendous dragon that lived in a cave in the vicinity of the village, a serpent of huge dimensions that was killed by St Leo, the abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Cava, who, by his prayers, more than by his sword, freed the people from that nightmare.

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10. Re: Why is Dragonea,Italy called Dragonea?

For more of those penitents - parading through nearby Sorrento at Easter.....

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187782-c86918/Sorr…

But no sign today of that church? Lost in the 1980 earthquake, or maybe actually somewhere near but of a less interesting name?

Peter

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