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Casamassella, tutto (quasi) pronto alle “Costantine” per le Tavole di San Giuseppe.

Casamassella, tutto (quasi) pronto alle “Costantine” per le Tavole di San Giuseppe.

Sono iniziati i preparativi delle Tavole di San Giuseppe presso la fondazione “Le Costantine”, nata nel 1982 per volontà della nobildonna Giulia Starace per “mettere in rete” le donne devote di Uggiano e Casamassella.

Si respira infatti aria di festa nelle sale della struttura: le signore impastano alacremente, con gesti antichi e sapienti, la farina e l’acqua per far la pasta; nell’aria piena di pollini si diffonde l’odore dolciastro della preparazione; il clima è mite. La storia si ripete assieme ai movimenti delle mani e le memorie riaffiorano, ricordando di quando erano le nonne a farlo, lasciandoci guardare in punta di piedi ai margini di quel tavolo imbiancato di farina, in attesa di assaggiare la pasta cruda.

Per otto giorni la masseria sarà quindi un brulicare di vita, un richiamare gesti ancestrali per la preparazione di questi piatti della tradizione, fino alla Rappresentazione delle Tavole: un tempo necessario proprio alla particolarità di questi pasti caldi durante i quali saranno serviti i vermicelli, la “massa” e altre pietanze caratteristiche e certamente estranee alle “tavole fredde”, approntate con cibi di veloce preparazione. Attori principali della rappresentazione saranno i “Santi” che consumeranno il pasto il 18 e 19 marzo, impersonati dai ragazzi della scuola media di Uggiano, e dunque i futuri custodi delle tradizioni.

Presidente della fondazione è Maria Cristina Rizzo (ex sindaco di Uggiano), appassionata di cultura popolare salentina e promotrice dell’evento, proprio perché ”in passato questi appuntamenti erano momento autentico di condivisione con i meno fortunati, e un modo per chiedere intercessione al Santo, mentre oggi le Tavole sono allestite solo per mantenere le tradizioni locali”. Infatti anche questo evento comincia a diventare turisticamente interessante: fino ad ora sono stati principalmente visitatori locali, ad accorrere alle Tavole, ma ora comincia a prevedersi un’affluenza turistica considerevole: complice anche la proverbiale stizza di San Giuseppe nei confronti delle massaie devote mal organizzate, che si traduce – racconta la leggenda – nella decisione di far inacidire il cibo appena preparato o di apparire in sogno per chiedere maggiore impegno nel rituale.

Jenny De Cicco

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