In Italy there are places where black magic is still deeply engrained in folk custom.
The malocchio, or evil eye, is the most extreme expression of this tradition and its heart lies in Irpina, a region of Southern Italy, not far from Naples.
In this place, witchcraft is still practiced intensely, envy being the common motive.
During this project, I photographed the last remaining old women who break these curses. They are the keepers of ancient magical-religious practices that have been handed down through their families over the centuries, from grandmother to granddaughter, but only on certain propitious, preordained days.
The formulas they use blend prayers from the Christian tradition with ancient folk rituals. Nails, knives, oil, salt and water are the basic ingredients and simply going under protection of the fattucchiera, or witch, ensures that the curse will be broken.

 
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