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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 2014

Date

Time

Town

Starts

18 June 2014

7 pm

Tamsweg

Market square

19 June 2014

9 am

St. Michael

Town center

19 June 2014

11 am

St. Margarethen

Town center

20 June 2014

1.30 pm

Mauterndorf

Town center

21 June 2014

7 pm

Tamsweg

Market area

29 June 2014

2 pm

Muhr

Town center

29 June 2014

2 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center

06 July 2014

2 pm

Unternberg

Town center

20 July 2014

2 pm

St. Margarethen

Town center

25 July 2014

7 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center

26 July 2014

9 pm

Tamsweg

Mit großsem österr. Zapfenstreich

26 July 2014

2 pm

Tamsweg

Town center

03 August 2014

2 pm

Muhr

Town center

03 August 2014

1 pm

Tamsweg

Market square

10 August 2014

10 am

St. Michael

Fire Station

04 August 2014

1 pm

Tamsweg

Waldfest

15 August 2014

2 pm

Mariapfarr

Town center

15 August 2014

10.30 am

Katschberg

Center

15 August 2014

6.30 pm

Mauterndorf

Town center

14 September 2014

12 pm

Unternberg

Town center

21 September 2014

12 pm

Muhr

Town center

28 September 2014

8.30 am

St. Michael

Town center 

 

 

The Giant Samson
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