In_NovaMusEUm Open Day: “Dalla grotta alla tavola. I riti di Giunone Sospita e il loro rapporto con il cibo”, November 24, 2017 – Italy, Lanuvio, Museo (diffuso) Civico Lanuvino

The event was inspired by the artworks selected by the users of the Facebook pages of the Innovamuseum circuit during the contest promoted in the initial phase of the project. The selected masterpieces are displayed in the guest museum of this event, that’s the Museo Civico Lanuvino and they are inspired by the ancient rituals of the Roman goddess Juno Sospita Mater Regina, venerated in the ancient village of Lanuvium. The Open Day is also inspired by the recent find in Lanuvio of the archaeological site of Pantanacci: it is a natural cave – part of the ancient sanctuary – where people venerated a Sacred Snake. In this place, every year, some girls offered to the Snake some cereal biscuits (mazas), praying to the Animal and to the Goddess to make fertile the fields for all the year and to have disease healing. In the cave, infact, thousands of small sculptures were found, representing the parts of the human body for which healing was sought by people. In recent months, these finds were exhibited in a new room of the local “museo diffuso”, thanks to a scenery specially designed to simulate the original grotto of the Sacred Snake. The second part of the afternoon took place at the new hall of the Lanuvio’s Museum, in which has been set up the reconstruction of the Serpent’s anteroom. There, the artis Carla Nico Carla showed to the participants the paperback technique with which she made the reproduction of the statue of the Serpent who was originally in Panatancci; and she also showed other objects in the same materials realized for the Museum’s bookshop or for other exibitions. The last part of the event took place in the Master Tower of the Castle of Lanuvio, recently restored by the municipal administration. There, Catia Cammarata (“Al grottino. Vino e Cucina” association) has made the “maza”, sort of bread or salted biscuit that in the roman period was offered by young girls during the ceremony of the Snake in Pantanacci. At the end of the recipe, people could taste the mazas with local wine and olives, as in a roman banquet. For this special occasion, some artist of the Lazio region realized terracotta’s carafes and cups for tasting red wine, as in the ancient roman tradition.