The "Zahnweh-Herrgott"

Today once again I take you to the mystical Vienna. And again we go back to St. Stephen Cathedral because beside Hans Puchsbaum there's another legend that I would like to share with you: the "Zahnweh-Herrgott" (Toothache-God).

On the backside of Stephen's Cathedral in an alcove you can find a stone pillar on which you can see Christ crowned with thorns. Long ago, when there was a cemetry around the cathedral this statue got it nickname: Toothache-God.

It took place the following. Four fellows who loved to turn the night into day, and already shared many drunken nights, had yet another long merry night behind them as they made their way home. They passed by St. Stephens Cathedral and saw the statue of Christ. But what a sight met the four. Decorated With a crown of fresh roses which were tied on the head with a cloth he looked as if he had toothache. And soon, the four could not help themselvs to stop laughing as they were so amused by the Lord God having toothache.

Very amused, they started their way home. But the night was far away from restful. All of them were affected by hellish toothache that could not be relieved the doctor at all.

Only when all four went to St. Stephen's Cathedral doing penance at the statue of Christ, they were relieved of their pain.

Since then, the statue of Christ is lovingly reffered to as "Zahnweh-Herrgott" by the Viennese and even today religious people go there to come to pray for their recovery of toothache.

So my dear readers and guests, the next time you are at St. Stephens Cathedral also go to the backside.

Yours Stephanie from the Appartements Ferchergasse

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