versão impressa ISSN 0873-6561
PUCCIO-DEN, Deborah. The Sicilian Mafia: transformation to a global evil. Etnográfica [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.2, pp. 377-386. ISSN 0873-6561.
The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which social perceptions of the Mafia have shifted over time. Initially considered as a Sicilian way of being, as an attitude, the Sicilian Mafia was subsequently viewed as a universal, global, and even religious form of Evil, to be fought in a war in which texts and images were weapons and judicial institutions constituted the battlefield. I will also explore how local powers institutionalised an anti-Mafia religion, using as a case-study the Festival of Santa Rosalia in Palermo. In this context, I will discuss the emergence of a new, anti-Mafia iconography and the use of a specific literary genre, that of political hagiography.
Palavras-chave : Mafia; Sicily; politics; catholicism; Justice.