Statues - Hither & Thither

Luxembourg
Echternach

Place du Marché 39
(Café Beim Laange Veit)

Laange Veit

Guy le Long

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Echternach /  Laange Veit   Echternach /  Laange Veit

Description

Relief showing a violin player on the ladder of a gallow.

Annotation

The relief refers to the legend of the 'Le violoniste d'Echternach' ('Der Geiger von Echternach'): Guy le Long, 'a violinist from Echternach' left for a Holy Land pilgrimage with his wife. When he came back alone, malicious gossip suggested that he had killed his wife. Judged and condemned to death, Guy le Long requested his majesty the king the right to play one final tune, which was granted to him. Drunk with joy at the sound of his violin, the crowd danced all around him and ended up grounding themselves in the soil. Only the intervention of Saint Willibrord was able to break the evil spell of 'Guy's dance' and allow the inhabitants to regain their freedom. Meanwhile, Guy le Long had disappeared.
Enlisted in the religious tradition, the dancing procession quickly became a tradition that was repeated over the years, every Whit Tuesday of the year by the Echternach inhabitants, who gradually forgot about the origins of this custom. Two steps to the left, then two steps to the right: the dancers line up, connected by handkerchiefs, proceeding with the steps according to the rhythm of the orchestra's melodies.

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Location (N 49°48'46" - E 6°25'13")

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Item Code: lu056; Photograph: 18 June 2011
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