Fish Fountain Initiations - Munich, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 48° 08.231 E 011° 34.569
32U E 691652 N 5334757
Quick Description: "To round off their schooling, young apprentice butchers were sheathed in nothing but a sheepskin and a calf’s penis hanging from their necks, spun around three times and thrown into the fountain."
Location: Bayern, Germany
Date Posted: 2/18/2014 6:42:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMK62Z
Views: 44

Long Description:
Called the Fish fountain, the site has beautiful reliefs on its sides and sculptures of ragged boys with water-spouting pails and fish in the center. Atop the central plinth is a large pufferfish sculpture. Apparently the original artist is unknown but was reconstructed by someone named "Henselman".
This website (visit link) informs us the strange initiation rite which once took place here:

"Fishmongers kept their fish fresh in the fountain when this was the piscatorial part of the old market. It was the site of bizarre initiation ceremony called the Metzgersprung (Butcher’s Leap) which took place regularly until 1900 and continues in an altered form to this day.

To round off their schooling, young apprentice butchers were sheathed in nothing but a sheepskin and a calf’s penis hanging from their necks, spun around three times and thrown into the fountain.

Only after suffering through this potentially neurosis-inducing ceremony were they allowed to work as fully fledged butchers. It’s now the city’s most-loved meeting point."
Type: Local Legend or Lore

Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
http://www.destination-munich.com/marienplatz.html


Additional Coordinates: N 48° 08.234 W 011° 34.572

Website Reference: [Web Link]

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