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The Weather Bell of Termeno

It was a custom in Tyrol, that every village had its own weather bell, which was rung when hail threatened, to prevent the destruction done by the icy stones.

And if it hailed once, they blamed the sexton for ringing the bell too late. The big bell of Termeno was the one that protected the village during heavy storms. One day a deal was made with the people of the neighbouring village of Caldaro. They wanted to buy the bell because the hail which the Termeno people banished, always fell down above Caldaro, when this big bell was ringing. The purchase was made and the Termeno people loaded the bell onto a wagon and hitched up six pairs of oxen. But the wagon could not be moved. When 25 pairs of oxen were hitched up, the bell began to speak:

„Sancta Maria Anna heiß i,
schön bin i, das weiß i,
im Traminer Turm bleib i,
die schiech’n Wetter vertreib i!“

„Sancta Maria Anna is my name,
I am beautiful and I know it,
I will stay in the steeple of Termeno,
to chase away the bad storms!“

So it was clear to the Termeno people: they had to reverse the agreement. Now only two oxen could pull back the bell to the church steeple of Termeno again.

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