flagellant

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A person who willingly subjects himself to whipping or scourging, as a religious penitent, or as a sexual masochist
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flagellant

(flăj′ĕ-lănt) [L. flagellum, whip]
1. Pert. to a flagellum.
2. Pert. to stroking in massage.
3. One who practices flagellation.
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flagellant

A person who whips himself, or who is whipped by another, especially for purposes of sexual arousal and gratification.
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One discussion that I missed from this otherwise wide-ranging contextual study was a consideration of the influence of the laudesi tradition on non-Italian composers, specifically the Franco-Flemish musicians who increasingly set up shop in Northern Italy during the fifteenth century.
He draws on a rich body of primary material, mostly confraternity documents held in the Florentine Archivio di Stato, from which he extracts both general features of the companies and specific details relating to the structure and practices of 12 active laudesi companies in the city.
Wilson presents these in a chapter devoted entirely to a discussion of the practices of each of the 12 laudesi companies.
Mentre i laudesi attingono ampiamente alle tipologie poetiche, Dante lo fa con moderazione; laddove Jacopone enfatizza le sofferenze di Maria ai piedi della croce, Dante mette piuttosto in risalto l'apoteosi della Madre di Dio; i testi mariani dell'epoca, siano essi in lingua vernacolare o latina, riflettono la crescente influenza del pietismo affettivo, mentre nella Commedia la Madonna risulta ieratica e ineffabile; mentre i suoi contemporanei ricercano spontaneita ed immediatezza di stile, Dante e invece ricercato e distaccato.
Molto utile per contestualizzare il devozionalismo dei laudesi nel piu vasto ambito della tradizione mariana, nonostante sia incentrata sull'arte, e la tesi di Dottorato ancora inedita di Ursula Betka.
Music and Merchants: The Laudesi Companies of Republican Florence.
The bulk of the institutions founded in the first century were laudesi and charitable confraternities.
The laudesi companies were founded in the thirteenth century at several Florentine monastic churches to serve as focal points for lay devotion, much like the better known disciplinati companies.