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Old and gruesome becomes young and beautiful: old mill is reactivated


The Grainauer Altweibermühle will be reactivated this Sunday. She had been sleeping for two years.

The Grainauer Altweibermühle will be reactivated this Sunday. She had been sleeping for two years.

Grainau - "Keep going!" "Hannes, hui amoi the tacker!" "Stop, no three centimeters to the left - naa. Why is that so bad now? "

On-site appointment in front of the Grainauer Gemeindadel on the Breitl. A dozen young boys hammer, screw, drag beams and a long metal slide. The barn itself is reminiscent of an amusement park. A scale model of the war memorial chapel hovers above everything, and a plush camel dangles next to it. But this carnival is about another highlight of Grainau club life.

The Indian mill has been sleeping for a long time. Finally, she is allowed to drive again in the Garmisch district this Sunday and delight the ladies: Candidates only have to plunge into a funnel, ideally upside down. The miraculous rejuvenation takes place under the rumble, sawdust fly - then a smart Maderl comes out. Outside, the festively dressed grooms are waiting to dance joyfully.

The guys from the Fosenachtsverein stand by the side of the whole process and help out. The youngest is 13-year-old Hannes. He is happy to help female customers with a hammer in the event of a jam. The "Obermüller" Hans Steinbrecher junior praises the youngsters quite well. A total of ten miller boys are constantly on the move to make the fair sex even more beautiful: "We are practicing in turn."

At first glance, the Altweibermühle is not based directly on Werdenfelser customs. At least in the second: Slipping over sacred stones was considered to promote fertility in the Neolithic Age - but at that time with a bare buttock. Seen in this way, the Altweibermühle is even the oldest of the local carnival traditions. The term was coined by the Black Forest Georg Anton Bredelin, who wrote his popular carnival game “Die Frauermühle von Tripsdrill” in 1787. Visitors asked about this mill until a resourceful innkeeper actually built one in 1929 and thus laid the foundation stone for the Tripsdrill amusement park. Maybe a tourist idea for Grainau?

The boys disagree on how many women walk through the mill per move. "63," says one. "As many as are going!", The other. "We don't have tally lists there." You choose who we mean. "Those who fight back are spared. At least most. Slackers escape the secret inner life of the Indian mill and a glass of schnapps as a reward. But the hard-working Grainau millers boys are also open to spontaneous visitors. "Some," says Steinbrecher, "even run after the mill: Then of course we'll do it."

Eva Klaehn

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Source: merkur

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