danza dei sali

Dance of the Salii

The leaping dance that the priests went up dedicated to Mars, the first protector of the fields, the peasants and the livestock and then protector of those that the fields, the peasants and the livestock were preparing to protect with the war. Logic and intentional, therefore, in this archaic rural Roman rite and warrior, the mixture of dance and fragments of formulas from the closely related rites of the two priestly colleges of the Salians and the Fratres Arvales. From a world that arrived in a very few minute fragments... splinters of menace, of invocations, shreds of gestural magic and... a final, exhausting and passionate offering of oneself to God.