La Mattanza and the Price of Progress

Jun 13, 2016 431

By Lucian

I've always been fascinated by European traditions and am amazed at how much there is to discover. That so much is unknown to so many is disturbing, because many traditions have existed for over a thousand years. In a world where "progress" has become a buzzword used by the powerful to justify globalization and cultural leveling, the preservation of our history, culture and identity must be proactive to succeed.

I had long known intellectually of the spiritual connection between Southern Italian culture and the sea, but in America it is no longer felt as strongly as it once was. During the Second World War the fishing boats of many Italian-Americans were confiscated, both for the war effort and as a general precaution against their being used to aid the Axis powers.

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