free travelling journeymen

Journeymen who travel “free”, which means they are not organised in a brotherhood, exist since the beginning of the traditional journey. Nowadays women and men from every existing trade can do the traditional travel “free”.

First steps on the travel begin with the spelling of leaving home, when the “young” journeymen is accompanied by an “older” one, the “export journeymen”, who has the role to teach about the traditions, about regulations, customs and to hand on long lasting experience.

The fundamentals of the traditional travel according to the ones from the brotherhoods, for example wearing the traditional suit, not coming closer than 50 kilometers to home during the travel, etc.. The minimum travel time is two or three years and one day and it is preassigned. Externally visible “free travelling” journeymen don´t wear a tie or a trade needle. The collar of their traditional shirt (Staude) is roll up inwards.

By guess of 700 – 800 travelling journeymen, who are doing the journey right now, the biggest group travels free. There are existing four journeymen hospices, open for all, whether organised in a brotherhood or not. They are on: Rügen, in: Neutstadt an der Weinstraße, Leipzig and Sibiu.

Since years “free travelling“ journeymen organise meetings for all and they are participating in social working projects, especially in summer time.

In this text it was waive a right, to not write “The free Travellers”, because there is no structure to call it an organised group. Everyone is far from home and free to make own decisions.

Freireisende Wandergesellen

Journeymen who travel “free”, which means they are not organised in a brotherhood, exist since the beginning of the traditional journey. Nowadays women and men from every existing trade can do the traditional travel “free”.

First steps on the travel begin with the spelling of leaving home, when the “young” journeymen is accompanied by an “older” one, the “export journeymen”, who has the role to teach about the traditions, about regulations, customs and to hand on long lasting experience.

The fundamentals of the traditional travel according to the ones from the brotherhoods, for example wearing the traditional suit, not coming closer than 50 kilometers to home during the travel, etc.. The minimum travel time is two or three years and one day and it is preassigned. Externally visible “free travelling” journeymen don´t wear a tie or a trade needle. The collar of their traditional shirt (Staude) is roll up inwards.

By guess of 700 – 800 travelling journeymen, who are doing the journey right now, the biggest group travels free. There are existing four journeymen hospices, open for all, whether organised in a brotherhood or not. They are on: Rügen, in: Neutstadt an der Weinstraße, Leipzig and Sibiu.

Since years “free travelling“ journeymen organise meetings for all and they are participating in social working projects, especially in summer time.

In this text it was waive a right, to not write “The free Travellers”, because there is no structure to call it an organised group. Everyone is far from home and free to make own decisions.

 

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