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Long ago there lived a pastor in Völs who had made it his business to fight the local witches coven. Through prayer and careful vigilance, he was able to avert many disasters and protect the local people from the violent storms the witches conjured from their mountain refuge on the Schlern.
One evening the priest, returning to his village, lay down to rest in the soft moss under a large boulder in the forest near the Völser Pond and fell fast asleep. It was past midnight when he awoke to the noise of a witches sabbath taking place around him. When the witches discovered the priest they fell upon him. Horribly mutilated, the priest was found by the villagers next morning quite dead. The 'witches stone' is still there today and is avoided by local travellers on moonless nights.
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