The work is a reflection on a very important celebration of the winter cycle and on the relationship between the seasonal cycle and the distribution of gifts, especially to children. The analysis in fact starts from the studies concerning the cycles of the year by the anthropologist van Gennep, and in particular the cycle of the Twelve Days. The Christmas period therefore seems to be the seasonal cycle in which the exchange represented by the important rituals regarding gifts is enhanced. The Christmas gift, in fact, becomes the symbol par excellence of the double rhythm of giving and receiving of life in the universe. Finally, Santa Claus is certainly not the object of a religious cult, but is at the center of a real 'profane cult' with a precise set of rituals and beliefs.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] CHRISTMAS TIME The traditional bearers of gifts and the exchange of gifts|
|Number of pages||94|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Babbo Natale
- Santa Claus