D is for ... Devil (336/365)

by Lee Santiva December. 02, 2019 100 views
Devil in the mountains

Devil in the mountains

The lookout point where this devil is located is called the Devil's Pulpit. Today's blogpost text is a condensed version of the legend which I translated.

There once was a poor farmer who was so desperate that sold his soul to the devil in order to feed his family. The devil fulfilled his side of the bargain and the farmer became very rich and arrogant.

Devil sculpture made of rusted metal parts - I love the attention to detail :-)

Devil sculpture made of rusted metal parts - I love the attention to detail :-)

Over time he developed a guilty conscious about his pact with the devil and thought he could get out of it by building a chapel dedicated to God to atone for his transgression. He hired the best workers and the building was progressing quickly and started to be filled with ornate decorations.

Devil's head

Devil's head

One day as the farmer was inspecting the progress on his chapel by himself, the devil appeared in a fury. He bellowed at the farmer "what do you think you are doing? This was not part of the bargain!" and then let out a loud roar and charged at the small chapel. At the same time a small earthquake caused the outcrop to break off from the mountain sending the farmer to the valley below and the destroyed chapel fell on top of him killing and burying him.

Ever since then this point is called the Devil's Pulpit.

Teufelskanzel - The Devil's Pulpit

Teufelskanzel - The Devil's Pulpit

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Russell Smith 3 days, 5 hours ago

I love the tale and the photos :)

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 3 days, 5 hours ago

Thanks Russell! Perhaps that is something for next year, more storytelling instead of reporting... glad you liked it!

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Berckmans Peter 3 days, 17 hours ago

Great story, good camerawork

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 days, 6 hours ago

Thanks Peter! Looks best in the winter with the snow, I think

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Björn Roose 3 days, 18 hours ago

Like every interesting myth: no happy ending smile

3 days, 18 hours ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 3 days, 6 hours ago

Absolutely! Most German-language legends and "fairy tales" are usually violent intended to scare children/people to obedience and good behavior...

3 days, 6 hours ago Edited
Lynn F Medley 3 days, 22 hours ago

Cool shots and very interesting story 🙂

3 days, 22 hours ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 3 days, 6 hours ago

Thanks Lynn - not very Christmassy I must admit to have the Devil on the first Sunday in Advent...hope I don't suffer the same fate next time I'm visiting the Devil's Pulpit!

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