Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O Is For... Oberammergau.

How's my mental health today?

I'm doing quite well, although I got a good workout this morning and am huffing and puffing at the moment.

On with the A to Z challenge.

Oberammergau is a small town in southern Bavaria best known for the Passion Play staged there every ten years. The villagers had prayed that they be spared from the Bubonic plague and in return they vowed to stage a play every ten years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The play involves over 2000 residents of the town as musicians, performers, and stage technicians, and is performed repeatedly over a five month span.

My ex-wife and I were in Oberammergau in 1984 for the 350th anniversary of the Passion Play. At that time it was a two day production running from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m with a 1 hour break for lunch. The play is now 7 hours long and has been revised to be more politically correct; removing any and all traces of antisemitism in the production.

What we found most striking in Oberammergau were the frescoes on the outside of the buildings in the village and the many displays of woodcarvings in shop windows. The whole town was dressed up for tourism; everything was clean and tidy, and everybody in town was friendly and helpful. approximately 500,000 people come to the village in the years the play is performed, providing an economic boost that benefits all residents.

Visiting Oberammergau was an experience that doesn't fade.

I found a Youtube video about Oberammergau. I don`t care for the music track but it does provide a glimpse of the town.

A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. 
It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.
- Mahatma Gandhi


  1. WOW! I could stare at these building all day. Not to mention Im learning all kinds of things I had no idea there was a special name for these beautiful buildings.