Our little mascot – Wusel the water spirit
Wusel the water spirit in search of the crystal
In the clear, blue brook between the mountains lives the little water spirit Wusel. Right at the bottom he has a castle and is his kingdom lies all around.
He had just returned from a trip to see relatives in the hamlets near the main town and he liked what he saw there. What a splendid hall made out of glistening crystals his aunts and uncles had! It was here that they celebrated and held lots of fun water parties.
‘A perfect ceremonial room like is something every water spirit should have’, was a key lesson from an uncle. ‘If you don’t have one then you have to leave your home right away and take the brook with you – that’s how it is!’
Ah, moving away, no, Wusel really didn’t want – he liked the mountains so much! And what would all his animal friends have to say about that?
But … his own ceremonial room has never been completed –Wusel preferred to play in and on the water, lazing around, mischief-making, as opposed to building walls and decorating. And to complete the room he needed just one single crystal. Although this had to be bigger, more beautiful and more lustrous …
There was therefore much haste. He had once heard about a crystal treasure trove here in his area; there was a legend which talked about it. But how could he find it quickly alone and without any help?
The little water spirit couldn’t count on assistance from the fish; they are very taciturn fellows. And the frogs? They’re only interested in flies. Crystals? Not in the slightest. Butterflies maybe! They were flighty, but they loved glitzy things, they might help him. But they weren’t hungry for adventure – and much too delicate to pitch in.
‘If rain drops were three times as thick, who in the world is full of beans, strong and clever in one?’, Wusel asked himself, ‘and above all as curious as me?’.
It was suddenly crystal-clear to him, since there were these little people who always wanted to tempt him out of his hideaway at the brook with stones, fishing lines and hooting … what were they called? ‘It’s coming to me now’, shouted Wusel, ‘I have it now – munchkins! – No, what are they called –
‘CHILDREN! Yes, children, that’s it! THEY should help me with my search!’
It so happens that water spirits are by nature very shy creatures and they are loathe to reveal themselves to people. They always have good ideas and so too does Wusel. He decided to write to the children from a safe distance first of all, and outline his difficulty. Of course a water spirit doesn’t do such a thing with envelopes and stamps and not even via SMS, but by bottle post …
And this is what they read:
Dear human children,
I am Wusel, the little water spirit, and I live here in the brook. There is something I still need to make me happy – a splendid crystal for my festival hall! If my hall is not finished I will have to move away and take the ‘Tiroler Bachl’ brook with me.
Would you help me look for this legendary giant crystal?
Wusel also promised a reward. ‘If we find the crystal you will also get a sparkling stone which will bring you lots of luck! You will then also be the only ones who really get to know Wusel the water spirit.’
This all sounded exciting! And so began the mysterious pursuit for the hidden crystal – in the programme of children’s events in Achensee too.
Wusel the water sprit was selected in 2009 as the motto of Family Tirol. The Achensee region has taken on Wusel the water spirit as a little mascot for the children’s programme in Achensee.