Hürna and Mazza Cula


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Description

Hürna 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 throwing 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 that they are ahead.

Both Hürna 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 or association, but are local boys and men from Furna or Masein and Flerden, and may include “homesick natives” travelling from other areas. Depending on inclination and the weather, players meet on the playing field on a Sunday afternoon or on a national holiday.

Image gallery

  • Hürna: The Huri positioned on the starting bar © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: A player using a Huri stick to launch the Huri into the defenders’ field © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: Defenders throwing their catching boards into the air © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: Defending with the board in the hands © Heidi Wyss
  • 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
  • Hürna: The Huri positioned on the starting bar © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: A player using a Huri stick to launch the Huri into the defenders’ field © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: Defenders throwing their catching boards into the air © Heidi Wyss
  • Hürna: Defending with the board in the hands © Heidi Wyss
  • 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

References and documentation

Publications
  • Hürnä in Furna, ein altes Volksspiel aus alter Zeit. Broschüre der Furner Hürner. Furna, 2003

  • 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 (ungedrucktes Manuskript). Chur 1938-

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

  • Kurt Wanner: Hürna in Furna. In: Mitteilungen der Walservereinigung Graubünden no. 36. Chur, 1997

Documentation