Sweeping Evil Away in Rauris

Sweeping Evil Away in Rauris © Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, Archive Carnival King of Europe
9 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
Michele Trentini

Anthropologist Giovanni Kezich

Country of production Italy

Series Carnival King of Europe

The Schnabelperchten of Rauris in the Salzburger Alps are mysterious, spiteful figures who appear out of nowhere with their brooms, and go round every house to perform a simple and effective exorcism.

This film is part of Carnival King of Europe DVD 2 - CHRISTMAS AND THEREABOUTS IN THE ALPS. At the very heart of the winter rituals, Christmas time in the Alps harbours a host of traditional masquerades, from the Day of St. Nicholas to the Epiphany.

Films included in DVD 2: St. Nicholas’ Night in Val di Fassa (15 minutes) Caroling with the Star among the Bersntoler (26 minutes) Sweeping Evil Away in Rauris (8:30 minutes) The Great Epiphany of Wörth (13 minutes).

Region Central Europe

Country Austria

Keywords Folklore Festivals / Carnival