Demonic-Looking Haystacks Parading Through The Streets!

Editorial | 11/2/2017 | Staff
kringkring (Posted by) Level 4
Just demonic haystacks moving thorugh the streets drumming  

It is almost that time of year again, at least for those who are familiar with this ancient custom of chasing evil ghosts away on the 5th and 6th of December.  In Austria and Bavaria, these demonic looking creatures are called "Perchten" while the other players wearing fur and leather are called "Krampus."  The description by the traditional "Perchten" group from Tirol (Austria) performing a "Hexentanz" in Rattenberg is below:

"Since 1999 we, as one of many traditional “Perchten” groups in our region of Tyrol (Western Austria), chase away the evil “winter ghosts”. We do so every year on the 5th and 6th of December with the so called “Perchtenlauf”. It’s an ancient tradition and has developed over the decades but the ideology remains the same.

The name of this tradition most likely derives from the legend figure “Perchta”. Our group consists of 25 people: One "Hex" (=witch), multiple "Läufer" (=runners) and plenty of "Tamperer" (=drummers) who are smashing on old car gas canisters. As mentioned we keep the tradition but try to mix it with creative new rhythms. A good show while having a lot of fun are the most important elements of our yearly “Hexentanz” (=dancing witch) events, up to 10 shows in 2 days. This Video shows one of them!

Keep on sharing to show the world how we roll in Tirol! :)"

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