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Samson

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 2020

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.

 

DateTimeVillageEvent / Location
17.05.20202 pmSt. Andrä / LintschingBrunnenfest
07.06.20209 amSt. MichaelChorfestival Feuer & Stimme
10.06.20207 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
11.06.20202 pmSt. MichaelFronleichnam
11.06.2020 UnternbergFronleichnam
11.06.202011 amMauterndorfSamonumzug im Anschluss an Fronleichnamsprozession
11.06.20202 pmSt. MargarethenFronleichnam
13.06.20207 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
21.06.20202 pmZentrum MariapfarrSamsonumzug
29.06.20202 pmMuhrPrangstangenfest
05.07.2020 UnternbergUlrichsprangtag
11.07.20204 pmSt. Andrämit anschl. Dämmerschoppen
19.07.202011 amSt. MargarethenPrangtag Hl. Margareta
19.07.20201.30 pmMauterndorfSkapulierfest Samsonumzug im Rahmen Fest der BM
25.07.20207 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
26.07.20202 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
30.07.20207.30 pmMauterndorfSamsontanz im Rahmen der Brauchtumswoche
02.08.20201 pmTamswegSamsonumzug im Rahmen des Waldfestes
02.08.20202 pmMuhrFeuerwehrfrühschoppen
09.08.202010 amSt. MichaelSommerfest der Feuerwehr
09.08.20201.30 pmMauterndorfSasontanz im Rahmen Fest der Prangerstutzenschützen
15.08.202010.30 amSt. Michael / KatschbergSamsonumzug am Katschberg
15.08.20202 pmZentrum MariapfarrHoher Festtag
15.08.20206.30 pmMauterndorfSamsonumzug
16.08.202010 amTamswegIm Rahmen der großen Bauernherbsteröffnung
23.08.202011 amTamswegSamsontreffen - 300 Jahre Tamsweger Samson
13.09.2020 UnternbergSamsontanz beim Bauernherbstfest
20.09.202012 amMuhrIm Anschluss an die Erntedankprozession
27.09.202010 amSt. MichaelErntedankfest
27.09.202010 amRamingsteinErntedankfest

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