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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Ciaralli


Ciaralli is decidedly Roman, while Ciarallo, much more rare would seem Molise and Abruzzese, should derive from a dialectal nickname originated from the Molise word Abruzzo ciarallo so it was called between Abruzzo and Molise the last of seven sons, who with the ritual called stumbling was educated to take and domesticate snakes, without running any danger. additions provided by Eleonora Ciaralli around the 8th century, operators and therapists specialized in snake bites appearing in Sicily, Calabria and Marsica, which are referred to as ciaralli, probably from a Byzantine term that has the value of horn players, that horn that was used to enchant snakes. In Cocullo and in other Marsican countries, the Ciaralli derived their miraculous power from a heredity transmitted and attested by particular signs: it is said of a Marsican priest who had the power of an antiophidic healer and was born with the signs of a snake on his back. These are the Sandomenicani or Ciaralli of San Domenico, who distinguished themselves from the homonymous Sicilian and Apulian operators, called Ciaralli of the Casa San Paolo. Around the sixteenth century, the figure of St. Dominic, for events that we do not know well, takes on the whole of the Marsican tradition of snakes. Protector of men and animals, let Cocullo leave the iron of his mule and his molar tooth that are kept in the local church. To ensure healing from the evils and immunity from dog and snake bites, the faithful still kiss the relic of the tooth during the feast, while with the mule iron they touched the sick animals.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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