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Finding the Sacred in the Profane: The Mardi Gras in Basile, Louisiana 

Luc Guglielmi
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
lguglie1@kennesaw.edu

Abstract

In Basile, a small community in Southwest Louisiana, there would not be any Mardi Gras without Ash Wednesday and vice-versa. Most of the people in Basile speak of Ash Wednesday when defining the Mardi Gras as there is a reciprocal spiritual relationship between Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. The people from Basile, therefore, in giving equal spiritual value to these two feasts, assign a liturgical value to Mardi Gras because they need, and will admit this freely, to have a good Mardi Gras in order to enter into the sacred season of Lent.

Mardi Gras performs a function that is similar to the other religious feasts which have been established to break the monotony of the liturgical cycle. Folklorists who have studied Mardi Gras in Basile support the idea that it is the same people  dancing, singing, eating and drinking that one finds at Mardi Gras who will kneel before the priest to receive their ashes (Ware 1994, Lindhal 1996a, Mire). The Church tolerates and/or accepts the Carnival as a necessity. By accepting the carnival within its liturgical time, the Church exerts better control over that time of the year. 

Keywords: folklore, Mardi Gras, Southern, sacred, profane 

Author Bio 

Luc Guglielmi is an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and an Affiliate Associate Professor for the Gender and Women’s Studies program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. He also coordinates the French program for the Department of Foreign Languages. His research focuses on folklore and sexuality.  

Suggested Reference Citation

APA
Guglielmi, L. (2020). Finding the sacred in the profane: The Mardi Gras in Basile, Louisiana. Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, 7(1). http://journaldialogue.org/issues/v7-issue-1/finding-the-sacred-in-the-profane/ 

MLA
Guglielmi, Luc. Finding the Sacred in the Profane: The Mardi Gras in Basile, Louisiana. Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, vol. 7, no. 1, 2020. http://journaldialogue.org/issues/v7-issue-1/finding-the-sacred-in-the-profane/ 

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