Traunstein, Bavaria maintains a tradition that dates back to pagan time - Easter sward dance.
Traunstein, Bavaria, West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany).
GV. Church on top of hill with horses moving towards it in foreground. SV. Two horses leading a group dressed in their regalia. SCU. Priest of Holy man blessing the horses as they pass. CU. Two horses passing by, all their heads dressed, and manes, etc. CU. Two horses being led, small boy on each one. CU. & pan, man rides by on horse in armour. SCU. Priest riding by. SCU. Pan, horse drawn vehicle goes by. Sitting down one side of it line of young men and directly opposite line of young women in their traditional costumes. GV. Massed crowd standing, watching. SV. Dancers on platform (or dais) dancing with swords. SCU. Dancers dancing with swords. SCU. & SCU. Men dancing with swords. SCU. & SV. Men imitating sword fight to music. SCU. Two lines of men making arch of swords. SV. Two lines of men fighting their opposites with swords, to music. SCU. Men standing on stage swinging swords round in circles. SV. Dancers at back of stage in line, while young men do cartwheels in front. SCU. Men in circle with swords held up to form point walking slowly round. SV. Group of men raise a dancer who is holding sword up in the air. LV. Dancers holding man in the air, and they start to walk round with him. SCU. Dancers walking round with man still in the air. He is being twisted round holding a sword above his head.