The devil's step in Stallhofen

© Gemeinde Obervellach     

In the church to Stallhofen, a little village close to Obervellach in the Mölltal, one sees in the last step of the stone narrow staircase which goes up to the choir, the claw impression of a goat's foot.

The legend reports over here the following:
A farmer who was very poor and which had hard time it very much wanted to become rich. Already in her youth she heard telling that one can become rich if one prescribes his soul for the devil. Though was to her the thought to sacrifice the soul welfare for a short time of the wealth, terribly, however, the slope won in her to the money and after long internal fight she resolved to swear to the devil. She did it and called him. He came to goat's figure and was to be looked dreadfully. The farmer got a fright on the extreme and was able before fear not from the place. In this need and remorse for her lapse she vowed herself to the mercy mother in the nearby chapel of Stallhofen, and see there, hardly she had done the vow, she was able also from the place and ran, so fast she was able, in the church, the choral narrow staircase hinan, the devil in his awful goat's figure to her after. The farmer had hardly reached the last choral step, it hit on the tower 1 o'clock - it was at night, because the Satan can be swore only between twelve and 1 o'clock at night. The fact that it hit one, was her luck, her rescue: the power of the Satan had broken with this stroke of the clock, he disappeared with awful noise and in his diabolical rage he stamped so violently with his goat's foot on the last step that still today in her the impression of his claws is to be seen.

However, the farmer sank exhausted in the small Mother's of God altar beside the organ in the knees and thanked the mercy mother fervently for her help and rescue and remained from now on a devout woman who still died to prosperity handed and age-old blessedly.

Spring: Georg Graber, legends from Carinthia, Graz 1941.
For proof-read from Harald Hartmann, February, 2006.
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