ITALIAN WITCHCRAFT. The Tradition of Segnature!

Does the “Strega” tradition exist? What’s the contemporary Italian witchcraft?

In this video, I will talk about the traditional Italian folk magic, which I systematised in my doctoral research as the Tradition of Segnature.

I will also mention the old and new generations and their different approaches.



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De Bernardi, M. (2015) ‘Segnare la guarigione: etnosemiotica di un atto magico : lettura semiotica della pratica delle “segnature” nella prospettiva tranculturale relativa alla zona degli Appennini della regione italiana dell’Emilia Romagna’, Phd thesis, Université Toulouse le Mirail – Toulouse II [Online]. Available at (Accessed 2 March 2018).

Puca, A. (2018) ‘“Witch” and “Shaman”: Discourse Analysis of the Use of Indigenizing Terms in Italy’, International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Indigenizing Movements in Europe, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 271–284.

Puca, A. (2019) ‘The Tradition of Segnature: Underground Indigenous Practices in Italy’, The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, no. 7, pp. 104–123.

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Published on April 4, 2020