Cocullo

Geography

Cocullo is a village in the Abruzzo situated in the Peligna Valley, between the towns of Avezzano and Sulmona. Cocullo is known for his singular patron saint's holiday, named Festa di San Domenico or Festa dei Serpari, in which the patron saint's statue (Domenico di Sora) is transported in procession covered with lot of snakes (mainly four-lined, aesculapian, grass and green whip snakes). The reptiles themselves are transported in procession by local serpari, a sort of "snake breeders", and released in the surrounding woods at the end of the holiday. The festival, is set every first thursday in May. In 2009 it was cancelled due to some structural damages occurred into the village after the L'Aquila earthquake. This tradition, present also in coat of arms symbology, substituted the ancient Roman mythologic ritual of Angitia, a snake goddess worshipped by the Marsi.

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