I was fortunate enough to meet Hannes Moor and interview him for an article published by Gstaadlife on 24 August 2018.
Hannes Moor, a former vet, is a native of the Saanenland region and passionate about the Schopfer cowbells. These are cast brass bells famous for their distinctive melodic sound.
The cows wear the decorative bells at particular times of the year particularly during the annual procession known as the
According to Moor, cowbells in Switzerland date back to the 15th century. At that time, local inhabitants believed that spirits and dragons inhabited the high mountains. The clanging balls, echoing off the surrounding peaks, chased away these evil spirits and invoked divine protection.
The Landschaft museum in Saanen is running a permanent exhibition of the Schopfer bells