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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 2017

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
11.06.2017 9.30 am St. Michael Choir Festival "Fire & Voice"
14.06.2017 7 pm Tamsweg Village center
15.06.2017 1 pm Mauterndorf

Corpus Christi

15.06.2017 1.30 pm St. Michael Corpus Christi
15.06.2017   St. Margarethen Village center
17.06.2017 7 pm Tamsweg Village center
25.06.2017 2 pm Mariapfarr Village center
29.06.2017 2 pm Muhr Village center
16.07.2017 2 pm Mauterndorf Castle square
21.07.2017 7 pm Mariapfarr Village center
22.07.2017 7 pm Tamsweg Village center
23.07.2017 2 pm Tamsweg Village center
23.07.2017   St. Margarethen Village center
29.07.2017 7 pm Weißpriach Longa Stub'n
06.08.2017 1 pm Tamsweg Waldfest
06.08.2017 2 pm Muhr Fire station
13.08.2017 10 am St. Michael Summer festival at fire station
15.08.2017 10.30 am Katschberg / St. Michael Samson parade
15.08.2017 6.30 pm Mauterndorf Castle square
15.08.2016 10.30 am Katschberg / St. Michael Samson Parade
15.08.2017 2 pm Mariapfarr Village center, Hoher Festtag
15.08.2016 6.30 pm Mauterndorf ab Castle place
03.09.2016 1.30 pm Tamsweg Wölting
09. & 10.09.2017   Mauterndorf Village center
24.09.2017 10.30 am St. Michael Thanksgiving- and Market festival
24.09.2017 12.00 pm Muhr Village center, Thanksgiving

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