Emblem of Lungau
Gigantic heroic figures of the 16th century
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 Salzburg's 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. Already 2010 the "Samsontragen" (carrying of the Samson figure) was entered into the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria.
Samson Parades 2018
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 village band, is moved with dignity through the village streets, venturing a short dance every now and then, with the two dwarves swirling around him.
|Date||Time||Village||Event / Location|
|30.05.2018||7 pm||Tamsweg||market area|
|31.05.2018||2 pm||St. Michael||Corpus Christi|
|31.05.2018||2 pm||St. Margarethen||market area|
|02.06.2018||7 pm||Tamsweg||market area|
|03.06.2018||2 pm||St. Andrä||district Lintsching|
|St. Michael||Chorfestival Feuer & Stimme|
|10.06.2018||2 pm||Mariapfarr||market area|
|07.07.2018||4 pm||St. Andrä||Fire Department "Kuppelcup"|
|21.07.2018||7 pm||Tamsweg||market area with large austrian "Zapfenstreich"|
|22.07.2018||11 am||St. Margarethen||market area|
|22.07.2018||1.30 pm||Mauterndorf||departure below the castle|
|22.07.2018||2 pm||Tamsweg||market area|
|05.08.2018||1 pm||Tamsweg||market area|
|05.08.2018||2 pm||Muhr||fire station|
|12.08.2018||10 am||St. Michael||Summer festival of the fire brigade St. Michael|
|15.08.2018||10.30 am||St. Michael||Katschberghöhe|
|15.08.2018||2 pm||Mariapfarr||Hoher Festtag|
|15.08.2018||6.30 pm||Mauterndorf||departure below the castle|
|07.09.2018||6.30 pm||Mauterndorf||Platzconcert Samsontanz|
|09.09.2018||2.30 pm||Mauterndorf||Samsontanz marketplace|
|16.09.2018||12 am||Unternberg||Harvest Festival|
|16.09.2018||1 pm||St. Andrä||Harvest Festival|
|30.09.2018||10 am||St. Michael||Thanksgiving & market festival|
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