SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Ignazio, Figus and Zene, Cosimo (2014) 'S'Impinnu (The Vow).' In: Ethnographic Film - S'Impinnu (The Vow). Nuoro, Sardinia, ITALY: Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico (ISRE).

Full text not available from this repository.


Upon his safe return from the Crimean War (1856c.) Antonio Manca in gratitude made a vow to distribute ‘bread and cheese’ to the village children. Subsequent wars – but also the occurrence of local vendettas – have guaranteed continued participation in the feast. In June 2012, Cosimo Zene, a local anthropologist, returned to the village of Nule to produce a film together with documentary film director Ignazio Figus. The film recounts the preparation and the celebration of the feast-day (13 June, St Anthony of Padua), highlighting the leading role of Antonianzela – the last direct descendant of Antonio Manca – her memories of the past and apprehension for the future. The active participation of the villagers, with gifts and manpower, manifests the survival of the gift-giving system (‘Imbiatu’, from imbiare, to send), which has figured prominently in village life until recently. Although several forms of gift-giving have faded away, this feast acts as a catalyst keeping the main forms of Imbiatu alive. The filming location is Antonianzela’s house, where gifts of cheese, sheep, foodstuffs (and money) are brought by the villagers, to then be processed and redistributed to the ‘whole village’. The idea of ‘totality’ constitutes the model of a ‘perfect (human) gift’ recalling Mauss’s definition of ‘total social fact: i.e. the fulfilment of the Vow, through the Imbiatu, must reach the whole village and beyond.

Item Type: Other
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2014 10:19
Related URLs: http://www.isre ... &v=2&c=7105&t=1

Altmetric Data

There is no Altmetric data currently associated with this item.


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item