Cantacessi is typical of Adelfia in the Bari area, Cantacesso, very very rare, would seem specific to Irsina in the Matera area, although ancient traces would lead to Triggiano in the Bari area, they should derive from nicknames attributed to the progenitor. additions provided by Fabio Paolucci is a typical and rare Apulian surname, whose epicenter is the municipality of Adelfia in the Bari area; from the etymological point of view, this bizarre surname should derive from the ancient southern trade exercised by those who had to mourn the deceased, therefore the sings of deaths, from which I chant by contraction of the term. This trade, widespread in the South until a few decades ago, derived from the Greek and Roman pròthesis (exposition of the corpse and common crying, archaeologically known rite already from the depictions on geometric ceramics dating back to 900-700 BC), served to attribute prestige and honor to the deceased: the more he cried, the more the community recognized its importance.
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