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It is a spider with a vagrant life, it does not weave its cobweb, it digs holes hidden by hedges.
The mother-tincture of the whole animal was tested.
Many "tarantati" (possessed) show the same symptoms even though never bitten. A tarantula bite does not inevitably correspond to the symptomatic phenomenon of the "tarantati".
Tarantula symptoms often overlap those of the "tarantati", not necessarily those bit by the spider.
The unleashing effect is often music, with dances going on for even 48 hours, with unceasing rhythm; drum is the predominant item : "wild dancing"; the dancer has an absolute lack of control . The dance is discordant and very fast. The dancer lets himself go completely, moving himself frenziedly absolutely out of control. This occurs in front of a large audience, never when alone or with a few persons: their hysterical performance has to be observed by a large number of spectators.
According to tradition this person is to be bitten by the spider in Summer. This goes back to Dionysian worships. Either in "tarantati" or in the remedy provers there is a precise recurrence (as in Cedron).
The rite takes place in Summer and each year, that very same day , the recurrence will be celebrated in the memory of the day in which one was bit. Tarantula music is to be frenzy, otherwise the patient could get extremely furious.
It was thought that music and dance going on for hours and hours were the only way to get rid of the poison.
Rhythm lasted over three days .