The chherful knights of the round table
The chherful knights of the round table

A visit at the 'Reych' of Vienna's Schlaraffia. You haven't heard about it yet? Let's ask Wikipedia: 'Schlaraffia is a worldwide German-speaking society founded in Prague (then Austrian Empire) in 1859 with a pledge of friendship, art and humor. The Schlaraffen, members of a men's organization (many of a mellower age and in secure positions), meet in midwinter (October 1 – April 30) once per week in their Schlaraffen castle (equipped in the style of a knight's tavern from the Middle Ages) for "Sippungen" (gatherings which take place in the fixed ceremonial form of a knight's play). In doing so, everyday life is satirized as well as kept alive through recitations of literary and musical forms. An antiquated language with its own vernacular for everyday things gives the Sippungen their own humorous note. The approximately 280 "reychs" (local clubs) stay in close contact with one another. Each Schlaraffe is always welcome in every reych in the world. Reychs currently exist in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, South Africa and Australia. The total number of Schlaraffen amounts to about 11,000.

Photographed for DATUM - SEITEN DER ZEIT.

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