Hürnä and Mazza Cula


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Description

Hürnä is a simple version of the game of Hornussen and is only played in the village of Furna in Prättigau. From the starting bar, players hit the ‘Huri’ (a wooden disc) with a hazel stick, and the catchers try to stop the Huri in the air with shovel-like catching boards. The hitting team gets one point for every Huri that the defenders fail to catch; they score two if the Huri hits a member of the defending team.

Mazza Cula is a sort of alpine golf, introduced in Masein am Heinzenberg about forty years ago by newcomers from Tschappina. The Mazza, or club, is a wooden stick with a wooden block at its tip. The ‘Cula’, or ball, is a coloured wooden darning egg with a diameter of 5 cm. Two teams, each comprising two or three people, compete against each other. Instead of aiming for a hole, players attempt to hit a stone, a tree or a pole. The team that hits the target with fewer strokes scores a point. The losers have to pay the winners 20 rappen for every point they win by.

Both Hürnä and Mazza Cula are played in spring when the snow has melted and in autumn when grazing has finished. Players are not members of a club, but are local men and boys from Furna or Masein and Flerden, and may include ‘homesick natives’ returning home from other areas. Depending on whether they fancy a game and on the weather, players meet on the playing field on a Sunday afternoon or a national holiday.

Image gallery

  • Hürnä: The Huri positioned on the starting bar © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: A player using a Huri stick to launch the Huri into the defenders’ field © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: Defenders throwing their catching boards into the air © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: Defending with the board in the hands © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: The ‘Huri’ looks like a puck made of wood (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Hürnä: Ready to strike (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Hürnä: The game brings together young and old (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Hürnä: Raising the catching board (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Mazza Cula: Hitting the “Cula” (ball) with the Mazza (wooden block) © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: A gentle hit close to the target © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: The course is varied © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: It’s break time in Flerden © Silvia Conzett, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: The next target is a fir tree © Silvia Conzett, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: Curious onlookers on the playing field © Silvia Conzett, 2011
  • Hürnä: The Huri positioned on the starting bar © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: A player using a Huri stick to launch the Huri into the defenders’ field © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: Defenders throwing their catching boards into the air © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: Defending with the board in the hands © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürnä: Ready to strike (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Hürnä: The game brings together young and old (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Hürnä: Raising the catching board (Furna, April 2011) © Marietta Kobald
  • Mazza Cula: Hitting the “Cula” (ball) with the Mazza (wooden block) © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: A gentle hit close to the target © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: The course is varied © Mathias Kunfermann/demateo AG, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: It’s break time in Flerden © Silvia Conzett, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: The next target is a fir tree © Silvia Conzett, 2011
  • Mazza Cula: Curious onlookers on the playing field © Silvia Conzett, 2011

Video

Hürnä am Prättigauer Alp-Spektakel (RTR, Telesguard, 12.10.2015) © RTR

References and documentation

Publications
  • Peter Graf: Tumme, Böckli, Stigeligumpe - 50 Schweizer Spiele aus alter Zeit. Zürich, 2012

  • Margrith Ladner: «Hürnä» in Furna. In: Bündner Woche, 2.4.2014

  • Johann Baptist Masüger: Leibesübungen in Graubünden einst und heute. Chur, 1946

  • Johann Baptist Masüger: «Mazza», das Männerspiel der Rätoromanen. In: Bündner Kalender 118. Chur, 1959

  • Mazzaschlagen. In: Atlas der schweizerischen Volkskunde. Basel, 1950-1995

  • Mazzaspiel. In: Dicziunari Rumantsch Grischun, Band 13. Chur, 2013

  • Barbara Paz Soldan: Spiel mit Stock und Kugel. Ein alter Spielbrauch lebt am Heinzenberg wieder auf. In: Bündner Woche, 13. April 2005

  • Lukas Sonderegger: Hürnä in Furna, ein altes Volksspiel aus alter Zeit. Broschüre der Furner Hürner. Furna, 2003 (2014 überarbeitet von Johannes Bärtsch)

  • Kurt Wanner: Hürna in Furna. In: Mitteilungen der Walservereinigung Graubünden, Nummer 36. Chur, 1997

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