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All Manner of Household Remedies

On Herbs, Ointments and Forgotten Healing Traditions

30.05.-31.10.2021


Open-Air Museum Stübing, 8114 Stübing

 

Duration: 16.05.2021–31.10.2021
Curated by Michaela Steinböck-Köhler

 

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About the exhibition

In former times, the rural population put its trust almost entirely in folk medicine, for in those days a trip to the doctor was a long and overly expensive undertaking for farmers. For less serious illnesses, people turned rather to the farmers’ doctor or to a local woman dispensing herbs. Rural healers could be paid with natural produce or by carrying out certain jobs for them. Another reason was that these people came likewise from farmers’ homes and so belonged to the same social class as those asking for or visiting them. There were no social and linguistic barriers, thus enabling more trust to develop towards them and the treatment methods they used. The isolated location of many farms required the greatest possible self-sufficiency and so initially, the attempt was made to cure oneself. At every farm and smallholding, there was in earlier days a garden with vegetables, flowers, aromatic herbs and medicinal plants, which were also brought to the farmers by the monasteries. Every farm was involved with the efficacy of the herbs in its vicinity so as to make teas, ointments or tinctures out of them, which derived from ancient experiences on the part of ancestors. Within the family it was the women who possessed the knowledge of healing. Such know-how was passed on from generation to generation, from the grandmother to the mother in each case.

 

The special exhibition ranges from so-called farmer doctors and ‘all manner of healing knowledge’ to forgotten household remedies, farmers’ medicinal traditions and intended purposes typical of the region. Old knowledge of household remedies and folk medicine-based healing methods accompany the events and educational programmes, too, offering in this way a highly varied annual programme.

 

Die Sonderausstellung spannt einen Bogen von den sogenannten Bauerndoktoren und „allerley Heilwissen“ bis zu vergessenen Hausmitteln, bäuerlichen Heiltraditionen und regionaltypischen Verwendungszwecken. Altes Wissen über Hausmittel und volksmedizinische Heilmethoden begleiten auch die Veranstaltungen und Vermittlungsprogramme und bieten so ein abwechslungsreiches Jahresprogramm.

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Allerley Hausmittel,
Allerley Hausmittel,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler


Allerley-Hausmittel-OEsterreichisches-Freilichtmuseum-Stuebing.jpg (2.11 MB)

Allerley Hausmittel,
Allerley Hausmittel,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler


Allerley-Hausmittel-OEsterreichisches-Freilichtmuseum-Stuebing02.jpg (2.33 MB)

Kräuterlehrgarten,
Kräuterlehrgarten,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler


Kraeuterlehrgarten-Stuebing-1.jpg (2.77 MB)

Kräuterlehrgarten,
Kräuterlehrgarten,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler


Kraeuterlehrgarten-Stuebing-2.jpg (3.17 MB)

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