LOOKING FOR THE HEN’S EGGS

Paznaun is an historical region, full of wild stories about clever people, forward-looking deeds, figures of good and evil – in the legends, at least. Today, the legend of the hens who hid their eggs.

In Kappl at some time in the past there lived a peasant woman on a small farm. One day Paulina – for such was her name – wanted to collect the eggs from the stable. As she did every morning. But when she entered the stable, there were no eggs to be seen. The hens had “mislaid” them all.

Unfortunately, the peasant woman had only one egg left in the house. At this very moment, a beggar came past. He said: “Lady, an egg, please!” Paulina thought it over quickly and came to the conclusion that one egg didn’t matter either way now. So she handed the egg over to the man, who continued happily on his way.

“THAT IS THE BLESSING FOR TREATING YOUR FELLOW MAN FAIRLY”
A small but very true piece of wisdom
When the local school was over for the day, the children stormed out of the doors and into the peasant woman’s garden. The children organized a huge egg hunt and hey presto! – they found more than forty eggs in the stable.

“That is the blessing for treating your fellow man fairly, too” said the woman. And, well, what can we say – it’s true.

Photo: Vorarlberg State Library,  Risch-Lau Collection