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The Giant Samson

Samson - emblem of the Lungau


The Samson figure has been historically documented in the Lungau since 1635 and symbolizes an Old Testament figure with superhuman strength, a strength seated in this long hair.
He represents the battle against the Philistines, having killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass at Lehi. Most of the Samson figures carry such a jawbone as a symbol of strength.
Many myths, legends and assumptions are interwoven with this giant figure from the Lungau.

Samson is as much as 6.5 m tall and weighs around 85 kg. In the inner Alpine region, there are twelve of these figures, with ten Samsons in the Lungau (Mariapfarr, Mauterndorf, Muhr, Ramingstein, St. Andrä, St. Margarethen, St. Michael, Tamsweg, Unternberg and Wölting) and two in neighboring Styria (Krakaudorf und Murau).

This heroic biblical figure is the emblem of the Lungau. Which explains why he is so often on display at a variety of local festivities. He is born on the shoulders of a young bachelor, who is able to skillfully balance the weight of this giant figure by means of a frame built on the inside of the hollow body.

Details about these giant figures of the Lungau region


This year, Samson parades and dances will be held on several special dates during Lungau's "Summer in the Hills" season and during Harvest Festival. It truly is an imposing sight as Samson, accompanied by the town band, is moved with dignity through the village streets, venturing a short dance every now and then, with the two dwarves swirling around him.

Samson Parades 2015

Date

Time

Town

Event/Location

30 May 2015

4 pm

St. Andrä

Haslach, afterwards Dämmerschoppen

3 June 2015

7 pm

Tamsweg

Market square

4 June 2015

9 am

St. Michael

Town center

4 June 2015

Mauterndorf

Town center

4 June 2015

1 pm

Unternberg

Town center

4 June 2015

2 pm

St. Margarethen

Town center

6 June 2015

7 pm

Tamsweg

Market area

14 June 2015

9.30 am

St. Michael

Feuer & Stimme

14 June 2015

2 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center

20 June 2015

5 pm

St. Michael

Town center

27 June 2015

4 pm

Unternberg

Town center

29 June 2015

2 pm

Muhr

Town center

4 July 2015

St. Andrä

Town center

5 July 2015

2 pm

Unternberg

Town center

18 July 2015

6.30 pm

Mariapfarr

district Bruckdorf

19 July 2015

10 am

St. Michael

Town center

19 July 2015

2 pm

St. Margarethen

Town center

19 July 2015

Mauterndorf

Castle to town center

24 July 2015

7 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center

25 July 2015

7 pm

Tamsweg

Market area

26 July 2015

2 pm

Tamsweg

Market area

31 July 2015

6 pm

St. Michael

Town Center

1 August 2015

7 pm

Weißpriach

at Longa Stubn

2 August 2015

1 pm

Tamsweg

Waldfest-Festival

2 August 2015

2 pm

Muhr

Town center

9 August 2015

10 am

St. Michael

Town center 

15 August 2015

10.30 am

Katschberg

Town center

15 August 2015

2 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center, Hoher Festtag

15 August 2015

Mauterndorf

Castle to Fountain place

30 August 2015

2 pm

Mariapfarr

district Althofen

4 September 2015

6 pm

Mauterndorf

Town center

5 September 2015

4 pm

Tamsweg

Market area

6 September 2015

2 pm

St. Andrä

Town center

13 September 2015

12 pm

Unternberg

Town center

13 September 2015

2 pm

Tamsweg

district Wölting

27 September 2015

10.30 am

St. Michael

Town center

27 September 2015

12 pm

Muhr

Town center

2016

3 September 2016

1 pm

Mariapfarr

Big Samson meeting

 

 

The Giant Samson
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