of Fortress Hohensalzburg
N 47° 47.700 E 013° 02.890
The myth of the White Lady is valued as a proof for the practice of the pagan/celtic Bethenkult (the veneration of the three divine mothers of earth, moon and sun: Ambeth, Wilbeth and Borbeth) in the Salzburg area. She is especially connected with Wilbeth, the moon mother. "Wil" equals the english "wheel", which basically means anything round. In middle high German "wel" is round, and lower German "waal" means full moon.
The White Lady was seen first in 1322 on the night before the Battle of Mühldorf. That night the monarchs Friedrich der Schöne of Austria and Ludwig IV. of Bavaria argued over the imperial German crown. The next day about 1500 knights and warriors died.
Since then the White Lady was often seen floating through the halls and corridors of Fortress Hohensalzburg, especially on full moon nights, warning people of hard times to come, like war, famine or epidemic.
In modern times they installed spotlights to light the fortress at night, and since then the Lady was never seen again.
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