Charivari
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The origin of the French term “charivari” is disputed [5], but the most common etymological explanation traces charivari back to late-Latin caribaria or Greek karēbaría (“a heavy head,” “headache”). Charivari is the term used in the late Middle Ages but also the early modern period for the censure and sanction rituals (Ritual) practiced by the urban or the rural population, which were prompted by infringements of social mores. Charivari were common across Europe (Ger. Katzenmusik or Tierjagen, Bavarian Haberfeldtreiben, Span. cencerrada, Eng. “rough music”; Ital. scampanata) [4…

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Hering Torres, Max Sebastián, “Charivari”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017995>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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