Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Promise Kept

In my last post I shared the beauty of Ettal Abbey
Today we will visit the village of Ettal which has a population of just about 800 people.  
What really puts Ettal on the map is the Passion Play. 

A Sample of the Lüftlmalarei painted on houses.

The Passion play is performed once every 10 years going back to   
1633 when the villagers prayed for protection from the plague 
during the time of the 30 years war. 


They promised God if he would spare them from the plague
 they would perform a play about the life of Christ. 


Today, the play is still performed by the local villagers. 
Now that is what I call keeping a promise! 
We were not there during the year a of the performance, 
that will occur next in 2020. 


But Ettal has beautiful Lüftlmalarei* adorning the houses. 
*painted scenes on houses
And the area has a strong tradition of woodworking and handcrafts. 
If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. 
It is a good place for souvenirs as well. 


In fact in all our travels in Germany, 
we noted they value handwork. 
I don't recall seeing anything made in China. 
What a welcome change from the USA. 

A woodworker working on Christ. 

Oh...and here is something else you don't see in America...
sausage vending machines. 
Imagine that? 




As beautiful as these places are...
I still haven't shared my favorite location! 
Stay tuned! 

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8 comments:

  1. The paintings on the houses are stunning, but I really want a sausage vending machine at work - no more boring lunches.

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  2. I would love to see the passion play, we saw one here a few years ago and it was touching. I like the cross with all the carved people, so beautiful.

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  3. Don't you adore the flower boxes everywhere? I've been to Germany more than once but I don't remember any sausage vending machines!! That's funny!

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  4. My German heritage shines forth in handwork. My dad has always been a wood worker, my tool is my camera.

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  5. Looking forward to your most liked location, but these photos from Ettal are idylic.

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  6. I have always wanted to attend a Passion Play. I'm lovin that sausage vending machine.

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