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Sagas and myths

There is always some historical truth in ancient myths and sagas. The folk culture and the spirit of the people in days gone by always melted into the traditions. These are three “true” examples...

"The Lady of the White Lake"

Once upon a time, old Chrust and his wife lived in Meirhof in Kaunertal with their children Ursula and Rudi. Rudi had worked hard as an "Ochsner", or oxherd, in Bierg for many years, and it was said that he had once seen the Lady of the White Lake - according to one saga, he would thus never leave this mountain valley and always return to Bierg as an oxherd. 
Rudi often felt inspired to dream and pray at the White Lake between the chasms of Ferner and the slopes with its Alpine flowers - adoration of the Virgin Mary was taken very seriously.  
At the same time, Ortwin and his daughter Gunda lived in Klammle, the furthest settlement in Kaunertal, who knew the secret healing powers of all mountain herbs and roots and who had already been tested sorely. 

Read more about this saga here....die-frau-am-weissen-see.pdf


A young composer from the region also wrote a musical piece of this saga for the Kaunertal Music Group. The composer, Stefan Köhle, lives in Fendels. The Kaunertal Music Group performed the piece for the first time on 10 April 2010 - a musical feast for your ears.


Wiesejaggl was a lengendary poacher from Kaunerberg.

He was the best marksman and the most infamous poacher in the region. He wasn’t one for religion - it is even said that one day during communion, he focused his gun on Christ on the cross - pulled the trigger and hit! The church went up in flames, and today, a cross with a bullet hole in a chapel in Kauns still reminds us of this story.

Read more here.....der-wiesejaggl.pdf

The local theatre group “Schauspiele Kauns” have taken up the subject of the poacher "Wiesejaggl", presenting the play "Spiel vom Wiesejaggl" for the first time in 1992 as an open-air performance at the original sites used by the famous poacher - in front of the castle houses in Kauns.


“The legend of Kaltenbrunn"

The pilgrimage to Kaltenbrunn likely dates back to the 12th century. According to legend, in the middle of a talus, herders found a statue of the Mother of God on a stone the size of a table, around which were growing rye and wheat - which the grazing animals had left untouched. A new spring also trickled out of the mountain at this very site - not the location of the altar of the Chapel of Mercy. They called this place Kaltenbrunn. The herders made their devotions to this statue of the Mother of God and covered the status with spruce twigs each winter for protection. Soon, many people in the neighbouring areas travelled to this site full of faith. The site became famous in the area, also in answer to a prayer, and attracted many pilgrims.

Read more here....kaltenbrunn.pdf



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