Carnival in Termeno: the Egettmann parade

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Carnival in Termeno: the Egettmann parade

If you are in South Tyrol during Carnival, you can not beat the original Egettmann parade in Termeno.

It is a wedding procession consisting of a cart on which there is a straw puppet, the Egettmannhansl, followed by a carriage with the couple.

The parade can be played exclusively by men, who will also play female roles.

The show opens with a bugler, followed by farmers on horseback and their servants, a group of peasants waving whips, “Ausschnöller”, followed by the roadmenders, with the task of keeping clean and uncluttered path. Behind, the rest of the peasant population with the farmers tools.

Together with the bride and groom, walking, the main people of the village, in a dark suit, carrying the protocol log, a series of verses goliardic recounting the events of the past year. While everyone can drink wine at will, the bride can only drink grappa!

The parade continues with a series of floats and characters from tradition and paganism.

The Wilder Mann, one of the few characters in the parade wearing a rabbit fur mask with two holes for the eyes that gives him an awful look, ragged covered with ivy leaves, followed by the hunter, who eventually shot and killed him, that symbolically represent the end of winter and the coming of spring.

Another figure linked to pagan symbolism is the “Schnappvieh” or “Wudele“, a kind of crocodile without ears, covered with skins and horns, with big mandibles; this dragon is more than two meters high and is often represented with a group of people. The monster is always followed by a butcher who, at every stop closed to the fountains, capture a member of the group and kills him, that represent the closing cycle of bad winter driven by good spring.

Burgl” and “Burgltreiber“, a woman with bound feet from corn leaves, with a basket on her back with a doll inside, trying to escape a man holding a stick to beat her. She tryied to seek herself in every house, but the man drags on her. Again it is the symbolic driven from home of the evil spirits of winter.

The traditional part of the parade ends with the old mill, which grinds older women and returns them young and beautiful, accompanied by the chariot of virgins and “Zenzi” who does not want to become adult. The parade is repeated in all the odd-numbered years, as is traditional.

The parade will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 13.00. Do not miss!

All information on http://www.egetmann.com/

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