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Sennentuntschi by Limaria Sennentuntschi by Limaria
On the way from Schwende to Ebenalp, Appenzell, Switzerland.

"Sennentuntschi" is a tale from the folklore of the German speaking areas of the Alps from Switzerland to Carinthia in Austria and the southern parts of Bavaria:

Three mountain shepherds (Sennen) spend the summer on a pasture high in the alps. Being all alone up there they decide to make a doll from rags and straw to keep them some female company. They talk to the doll, feed it and take it to share their beds at night. Until one night the doll becomes alive. She still does everything the shepherds tell her to do and they congratulate themselves on their luck. At the end of the summer it is time to take the herd back down to the valley. They don't want to take the woman with them but she doesn't let them leave, demanding that one of them stays behind to make up for what happened during summer. In the end, the oldest shepherd stays. The other two are told to go and not look back. Before the alp is out of sight, the two do take a look - just to see their friend dying a slow and painful death.

Parts of the story have just been made into a movie. German trailer: [link] (Just a warning: A lot of people would probably call this a horror movie and there is some violence involved...)

Update: Thank you so much for all the comments and :+fav:s. I'm very busy at the moment so I probably won't have time to thank you individually. But I really appreciate every one of them. :love:
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Given 2012-07-05
Sennentuntschi by *Limaria ( Featured by pullingcandy )
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FilthyLibertine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Have you seen this movie yet?
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Yes :D It has some really cool and surprising twists and I think it's actually more of a mystery thriller than horror movie. :)
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FilthyLibertine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Awesome. I love horror, but thrillers are fun too. Pretty much anything that keeps the tension up. And mystery is always good.
Do you know of any other German-language horror movies? So far I've only seen The Experiment, Antibodies, Funny Games, and Tears of Kali. They were all brilliant.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
A real classic would be "Nosferatu" (1922) :D. And you could check out Anatomy 1 & 2 (2000 & 2003) and Tattoo (2002). :)
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FilthyLibertine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I actually saw Nosferatu and didn't care for it. I know it's a classic and all, but I just found it boring and lacking emotion.
I'll definitely check out Tattoo and the Anatomy movies.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Have fun :D
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diiem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wunderbar düster.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt :)
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The July 2012 Horror/Macabre Daily Deviation Round-Up has been released. You can find your spooktacular piece right here! Thank you for submitting your gloriously gory work to Deviant Art.
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mrmd53 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful Shot!!
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:iconlimaria:
Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you :hug:
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mrmd53 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp:..my Pleasure!
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JustCallMeNear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Wundervoll! Total mystisch! :)
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Vielen Dank, freut mich, dass es dir gefällt. :hug:
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innsjo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   General Artist
this is so beautiful. my dad lived in switzerland, i'd love to go there someday to see where he lived.
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:iconlimaria:
Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
You should - it's very beautiful :)
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innsjo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   General Artist
i will someday! my dad promised to take us there once we have the money.
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EvilMonsterThingy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
So mysterious :3 I love it!
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you :hug:
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ginandchthonic Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply gorgeous.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
:aww: Thanks :hug:
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Sykotic-Frenzee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice photo. I love how fog and mist make everything look creepy.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you :D
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. The atmosphere of the black and white is absolutely perfect.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thanks a lot - because of the fog, there wasn't much colour to begin with, anyway :D
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. :D Still, it develops the mood incredibly well.
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machariart Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you :)
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MasterCheifn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Anyone else get a malware warning trying to go to the movie site?
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
You did? It's the official movie website :confused:. Anyway, it's also on Youtube: [link] :)
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MasterCheifn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
yeah, this is the screen I get [link]
Thanks for the youtube link, though! And amazing photograph <3
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Ok, thanks. I changed the link in the description to the official Youtube channel. :)
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic!
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Glad you like it :)
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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gummyrabbit Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Writer
What an awesome photo! I think the little cross behind the house makes the picture.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thank you very much and yes, I absolutely agree: The cross was just perfect. :)
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Walter-the-Wizard Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
That's a pretty fucked-up tale.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
:lol: Yes, it is - like a surprising number of those old time "fairytales" like Grimm's. It seems that the fascination for horror/macabre/ghost stories is something that's hardwired into our brains. Probably kept our ancestors from wandering too far from the fire and getting eaten by a predator. :D
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DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum DD-Feature, Anne! :clap:
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Vielen lieben Dank :heart:
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MondoBoss Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
May have been mentioned, but the story "Harold" from the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books was pretty much this. Obviously they got their inspiration from this folk tale.

Great tale, and I love the picture! :)
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thank you, glad you like it :hug:. It's a widely known story so that may very well be the case. :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I love such local stories as this one. Do you know any other of this kind?
My favourite part of this photo is the gradient of the fading trees in the upper right corner. Delightful.
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
:aww: Thanks a lot, glad you like it. Actually, yes, I do know more. People still like to tell those stories. Not all of them are as scary though. On the other hand, giving e.g. Grimm's Fairytales a closer look - a lot of those are quite brutal, too. :stab: :D
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STelari Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's why I'm asking - Grimm's tales are a part of my inspiration (:
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
For some reason, I never really noticed or was bothered by all the gore and bloodshed going on there. It was much later when I got back to them for a project that I went " :omg: - wait, whaaat?!" :D
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STelari Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I completely understand you. And when I realised it, it become a great source of inspiration (:
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
:D
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bewareofthechild5150 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
absolutely stunning
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