Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

Confraternity of the Holy Sepulcher in Pfunds

Applicant: Heiliggrab-Bruderschaft Pfunds, Prof. Robert Klien
Province: Tyrol
Domain: Social Practices
Year of inclusion: 2013

Founded more than 500 years ago, the Fraternity of the Holy Sepulcher continues to uphold the tradition of setting up the Holy Sepulcher in the Liebfrauen Church at Pfunds on the Saturday before Palm Sunday as well as praying to the Eucharist continuously from Good Friday until Holy Saturday. It is a great honour to become a Brother of the Holy Sepulcher. This privilege is passed on from generation to generation without differentiating between hierarchy, education, social standing or wealth. The Fraternity of the Holy Sepulcher has always remained independent of the Catholic Church and the local government. It is made up of 12 groups, each consisting of 16 men, which also includes women and the young in their activities.