describes a collection of local stories, celebrations, and customs of the alpine
and sub-alpine peoples that occupy Switzerland
. The country of Switzerland is made up of several distinct cultures including German
, as well as the Romansh
speaking population of Graubünden
. Each group has its own unique folkloric tradition.
Switzerland has always occupied a crossroads of Europe
. While Switzerland has existed as an alliance and country since 1291, the Swiss
as a culture and people existed well before this time. Before the Swiss, the region was occupied by Pagan
and later Christian Germanic tribes
which would become the Swiss. Before the Germanic peoples, the region was occupied by Roman
populations. Finally, before the Romans the Celtic Helvetii
lived in what would become Switzerland. In addition to conquest, Switzerland has been a crossroads of Europe since at least the Roman Empire
. Constant movement of cultures and ideas into Switzerland has created a rich and varied folklore tradition. Read more...