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San Domenico is the patron saint of Cocullo and protecter against tooth eache and bites.

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The rite begins in March, when the "serpari" (snake catchers) catch wild snakes in the surrounding woods.

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At midday the procession begins. The "serpari" place their snakes on the wooden statue of San Domenico after it was taken out of the church.

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The "serpari" catch mainly four types of local harmless snakes: four-lined, aesculapian, grass and green whip snakes.

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The statue of San Domenico is carried in procession through the streets of the medieval village.

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After the patron saint celebration, the snakes are released out into the wild.