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Time-Tested: Aphrodisiacs and Love Culture in Southern Italy

[Proverennye vremenem: afrodiziaki i liubovnye praktiki Yuga Italii]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522030046


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 23.03.2022

Accepted: 10.04.2022

About author(s)

Oxana Fais-Leutskaia| http//orcid.org/0000-0002-2757-2434 | oxana-fais@yandex.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32-a Leninsky prospect, Moscow, 119991, Russia)


aphrodisiacs, Southern Italy, food, traditional medicine, traditional psychostimulants


In this article, in the context of the folk culture of Southern Italy, the set of traditional aphrodisiacs, which are still in demand today, is investigated. Given the low degree of study of this topic in scientific discourse, the author makes extensive use of field materials and in the paradigm of anthropology analyzes not only aphrodisiacs, rational and magical, as a phenomenon (their nature, typology, functions, gender assignment), revealing their rare forms (for example, traditional olfactory, sonorous, verbal, visual, “actor” psychostimulants), but also the nature of the community using them. In the context of the analysis of aphrodisiacs, special attention is paid to the mechanism of their action, due to the type of mentality of the population of Southern Italy, as well as to the peculiarities (historical, cultural, social, gender, ideological) of the region under study.


Fais-Leutskaia, O.D. 2022. Proverennye vremenem: afrodiziaki i liubovnye praktiki Yuga Italii [TimeTested: Aphrodisiacs and Love Culture in Southern Italy]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 51–70. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522030046 EDN: HUARLE

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