Fasnet in Elzach
(Note, this is a post about Fasnet in Elzach only. I went from town to town in the Black Forest area in Germany to experience Fasnet first hand – if you’ve landed on this article, you should start HERE).
Elzach is a lovely little town in the district of Emmendingen, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As with all the places I visited, they have a distinctly different interpretation of the Fasnet celebrations, and it’s a great place to soak in overall carnival atmosphere. The carnival is totally dominated by the Schuttig – a colourful creature with black leather shoes, pants, a jacket covered with overlapping rows of red felt retangles, white linen gloves, tie and a grotesque hand-carved mask of linden wood which covers the whole face. The Schuttig hold a long stick – to which is tied what appears to be a ball of some sort – which they repeatedly smack on the ground in an attempt to scare you. Ooh! The ball is actually a pig bladder – or a bull phallus. It took me a while to actually believe this – as I really thought someone was pulling my leg. Discreet enquiries later, it turned out that this really was the case. What fun!
Schuttig are only allowed to make a glottal growl or articulate in falsetto speech not to be identified. I really didn’t hear any falsetto speech – all I hear were a LOT of growls! They also can’t take off their masks – EVER – which really gives them a lot of liberty to really do whatever they want, and still be able to get away with it! 🙂
I didn’t stay in Elzach – but in the lovely Hotel Silberkönig which is not too far away (20-30 mins by road).
Don’t forget to check out my other blog posts on Fasnet in and around the Black Forest region. Click on any of the links below to go to the individual stories.