Rieke's Rearview Mirror on October 10, 2019

              Thursday, October 10, 2019
                        Rieke's rearview mirror on 10.10.2019
                    How a chase caused the eagle owl knights

Cheerfulness under the eyes of the eagle: Chancellor "Bright Frog" holds a speech in 2015 in front of the "Schlaraffia Suerina" in Schwerin.
(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)

              Men in colorful robes and a eagle owl as a heraldic animal: 160 years ago in Prague, the birth of the "Schlaraffia" beats – an alliance, which is dedicated to the cheerfulness.
                 Did you know that … a rebuffing in front of a Prague club 160 years ago led to the founding of a satirical men's federation? On October 10, 1856 rejected the artist association "Arcadia" a pupil of the theater director Franz Thomé, whereupon he defiantly a new club called into being – the "Schlaraffia" was born. That was in year 1 of the Uhus, so Uhui anno. Alright? Well, the eagle owl is the heraldic animal and guideline of the "Schlaraffia" and this even has its own time and language. They note: The Schlaraffen, who distance themselves from student unions, elite clubs and other frets, are not too serious. Nevertheless, they have goals: True to the motto "In the art is pleasure" they focus on the care of art, friendship and humor. In the spirit of the Uhus, which stands for, among other things, wisdom and humor. In the meantime the "Schlaraffia" has everywhere in the world – the Uhuversum – local associations, so-called Reyche. The meetings of the knights are to be located somewhere between the Middle Ages meeting and carnival meeting – this impression could thrive when looking at the curious garments of the members and is particularly urgent when the greeting "Lulu" is heard. Editor Christoph Rieke casts a daily glance into the past in "Rieke's rearview mirror".

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