After we came across two nice??? pilgrimage churches in “Kleinhelfendorf”
and the more frightning „Martyr Capel“ with a live size pictorial representation of the martyr / cutting St. Emmeram into pieces in the middle of the church. The marketing department of Kleinhelfendorf states, that St. Emmeram died here whereas the competitors in Feldkirchen state that he breathed his last breath in Feldkirchen.
And the small Lime Tree Chapel next to the Martyr Chapel. The sign tells that somebody picked up the feet which were thrown into some shrubbery and the whereabouts is still unknown.
We followed the traces of Saint Emmeram from here to Feldkirchen, Aschheim, Emmeramsbrücke at the Isar River to Regensburg. Though he did no longer have legs at that trip.
He was bound on a ladder (therefor traditionally depicted with one),
tortured, several of his body parts (all limbs, eyes, tongue) were cut of in Kleinhelfendorf but he still was alive when he arrived in Feldkirchen. (stated by the marketing department in Feldkirchen)
Here he, they say, died, and a ladder was lowered from the sky on which he immediately climbed up into paradise. He had done nothing wrong. He only helped the poor girl Uta (daughter of the Duke in Regensburg/Ratisbon) who started an inadequate relation with a civil servant and became pregnant. The ledgend has it, he made up a story to protect Uta and went on a trip to Rome to get help from the Pope but never made it as he was caught by the family. Lantpert, the brother of Uta, son of the Duke did the bad part in the story. Other theories have it, that Emmeram (from fraconian France) was killed due to the rising influence of franconians which the local nobility of the Awaren did not like at that time. Franconians and Bavarians do not sympathise a lot even up till today.
(1842 the local community received the royal permit to buit this chappel here from Wittelsbacher King Ludwig I. which was good for marketing. In the Secularization under King Maximilian I. (father of Ludwig) pilgrimage was forbidden. Also because pilgrims did not behave on their trips and spent too much time in the Inns and drank too much.
We made a stop at one of the Bathing Lakes nearby, the „Heimstettener See“ and continued the pilgrimage tradition and shared a little snack and a small traditional drink from excellent brewery Ayinger. To lift our spirit up.
Emmeram’s body was then brought to Aschheim where he was buried at first in St. Peter and Paul but he did not like to stay there. The Rainmaker started to make it rain for 40 days so the people decided to exhume him and bring him back to Regensburg (Ratisbon) where he was Bishop in the mid 6’hundreds. Therefor he could not help in the wirecard scandal. Wirecard did not stay here for long too
We left Aschheim passing a nice May Pole.
We followed his route and next maybe with the help of St. Emmeram passed the Feringasee Lake, notorious for the most foul, cruel, bad tempered, red eyed killer rodent.
We passed it fast and then had lunch at the „Feringasee“ Lake. The main restaurant was still closed due to Corona but the Beer Garden was open. So we could continue with our Pilgrimage.
We then went through wealthy „Unterföhring“ with global player Allianz Insurance, Sky Network and ZDF TV Studios in the „ZDF Straße“.
The ZDF has several studios all over Germany payed by the kind German fee payers.
Emmeram was put on a raft near the “St. Emmerams Brücke” where he is commemorated with a statue.
And rafted downstream. Passing Freising, the Munich airport area,
and then Straubing at Danube River
Then after he reached the Danube River, he by a miracle, rafted upstream by himself back to Regensburg. Here he was put up in the church St. Georg at first but later again moved to a monastery. The monastery was dissolved in the Secularization in the early 19’th century but it’s church is still there. If the legend becomes facts and sells, print the legend.
The rest of the monastery ended in the hands of the mighty noble family Thurn und Taxis.
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