Living Lore Reblog: Bavaria’s mysterious Urviech

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Bavaria’s mysterious Urviech is said to have originated in antiquity, from a “misalliance” between a duck and a hare, deep in the Upper Bavarian forests, when the full moon shone and the wild hunt, led by the goddess Perchta, rode through a stormy sky. This explains why the stuffed specimens of the legendary and extremely shy creature often have the feet and wings of a duck and the body of a hare. Small horns between the long ears, a bushy tail or sharp fangs could be evidence that other animals, such as chamois, squirrels, deer, lynx or even vampires, may have been among the ancestors of Bavaria’s most enigmatic creature. Some of these hybrid creatures living in mountainous regions have uneven legs, meaning they can only move in one direction on steep slopes …

In Upper Bavaria, the Bavarian Urviech are called Wolpertinger. In the Salzburg area they are known as Raurackl, in Lower Bavaria, Oibadschrischl, the Brothers Grimm, in the mid-18th century, named it Kreißl.

… Wolpertinger are, as already mentioned, very shy, and it is extremely difficult to see or even catch one of these forest dwellers. There are different methods from region to region to get hold of a Bavarian Urviechs: Some experienced hunters claim that bread dumplings would seem almost irresistible on Wolpertinger, others think, Allgäu Emmenthaler cheese is their favorite food, and you could trap them in it. Even the sight of a beautiful young woman on a full moon night, or the flickering light of a candle, would make the strange hybrid oblivious. And those who unfortunately have uneven legs would be so frightened if sprinkled with salt that they would fall over.

Wolpertinger usually feed on grains, herbs and berries, but they do not disdain smaller rodents by any means. And they have a most remarkable anatomical feature, a so-called Gärsack. This is located in the throat, any  grains that are eaten are automatically transported into it and fermented into a very strong alcoholic beverage …

… Do these amazing creatures really exist? Who knows?. In the Munich hunting and fishing museum, There are stuffed Wolpertinger specimens. And in many a Bavarian pub, a Wolpertinger will keep watch over the regulars’ table …


Wolpertinger by Albrecht Dürer, via Wikipedia

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… soll bereits in der Antike aus einer “Mesalliance” zwischen einer Ente und einem Hasen tief in den oberbayerischen Wäldern hervorgegangen sein, in einer Vollmondnacht, als die Wilde Jagd, der Geisterzug, angeführt von der Frau Perchta, über den wolkenverhangenen Himmel gestürmt war, begleitet von einer schaurig-schönen, überirdischen Weise. Damit erklärt sich, warum die ausgestopften Exemplare des legendären und überaus scheuen Wesens häufig die Patschfüßchen und Flügel einer Ente und den Körper eines Hasen aufweisen. Kleine Hörner zwischen den langen Ohren, ein buschiger Schwanz oder scharfe Reißzähne könnten Beweise dafür sein, dass sich auch andere Tiere wie z. B. Gemsen, Eichhörnchen, Rehe, Luchse oder gar Vampire unter den Vorfahren von Bayerns rätselhaftester Kreatur befunden haben. Manche dieser Mischwesen, die in bergigen Regionen leben, haben ungleich lange Beine, das heisst, sie können sich an steil abschüssigen Hängen ausschließlich in eine einzige Richtung bewegen…

… In Oberbayern wird das bayerische Urvieh Wolpertinger genannt…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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9 Responses to Living Lore Reblog: Bavaria’s mysterious Urviech

  1. kytwright says:

    A winged jackalope?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    They are, apparently, related 😉


  3. Thank you for the wonderful translation, dear Sue! 🙂


  4. Fantastic!!! :-)But this one originated only in Upper Bavaria. ***lol*** Michael


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