Saint Nicholas with his long white beard, bishop’s miter and crosier rewards the well-behaved with gifts each year on 6th December. His scary counterpart Krampus wears fur, horns and a hand-carved mask with a lolling tongue. During the Christmas season, he comes to warn and punish naughty children (and adults). Discover Saint Nicholas and the Krampus in Tyrol. … AUSTRIA | SOUTH TYROL: On Saint Nicholas and the Krampus in Tyrol
ITALY | TYROL : Walter von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano
First thing you see when you arrive at the center of Bolzano is the monument in memory of the great poet Walther von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano. He was a Minnesinger that probably lived in South Tyrol in Northern Italy around the year 1200.
… ITALY | TYROL : Walter von der Vogelweide the Minnesinger of Bolzano
ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of King Laurins Rose Garden
At sunset, the Dolomite mountains light up in fiery red, turning to purple before fading into the night: this is the Alpenglühen, riverbero rossiccio, enrosadira or Alpenglow, a phenomenon whose origins are deeply rooted in legend. The Legend of King Laurins Rose Garden talks about why the mountains are sometimes glowing red and orange.
ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites
Dolomites beauty derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms such as pinnacles, spires and towers, with contrasting horizontal surfaces including ledges, crags and plateaus. They rise abruptly above extensive talus deposits and more gentle foothills. Countless legends have grown up in the shadow of these pale mountains, inspired by observation of the natural landscape and influenced by the stories told by the people. The Dolomites must surely, in the popular imagination, be inhabited by fabulous creatures as well as by kings and queens, discover the The legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites.
… ITALY | TYROL : The Legend of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites
DENMARK : FAIRY TALE The fir tree – H. C. Andersen
Grantræet~ The Fir Tree, is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. Discover the traditional use of the fir tree.
GERMANY: FOLK SONG – Oh Tannenbaum – Oh Christmas tree
O Tannenbaum, O Christmastree…
… GERMANY: FOLK SONG – Oh Tannenbaum – Oh Christmas tree
Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
This legend came to us, sitting in a restaurant in Foz do Iguacu, near the Iguazu falls, sharing my meal with a big tourist group from Brazil, luckily some spoke Spanish, so did Leticia, the Lady sitting near me. Discover the creation of the Iguazu falls.
… Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
BOLIVIA | PERU: On the origins of MAMA COCA
Kuka, is Quechua and means unique, excellent and sacred. Discover the legend and folklore of the coca leaf in Peru and Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture.
INDIA: On the origins of TEA
The discovery of tea, Camellia sinensis, was ever a story of many dimensions, and the telling of the tale depended on the leaf’s use as medicine, food, or drink.
*JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
Throughout history, tea, Camellia sinensis, was intimately related to deities, demi gods, and mortals. In Japan, the monastic use of tea as an aid to meditation and was celebrated by linking the plant and its origins to Bodhidharma, Daruma 達摩. … *JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
CHINA: On the origins of TEA
Tea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shennung, 神農氏, approximately 3000 years before Christ.
GERMANY : FAIRY TALE The Juniper Tree – Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm
The Juniper Tree or The Almond Tree is a German fairy tale, that revolves around infanticide, cannibalism, and gruesome revenge, abusive (step-) mothers, absent fathers, child abuse, talking animals and biblical symbolism. … GERMANY : FAIRY TALE The Juniper Tree – Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm
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