IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH TYROLEAN MOUNTAINS AND DOLOMITES
Suddenly, political borders were drawn through mountains, summits, and pass regions. Mountains became symbols, creating a sense of national identity. Mountains were considered a symbol of strength, of the triumphant man, of conquerers. Political movements turned into surrogate religions and claimed the “holy” mountain for their own purposes.
Conflicts and disputes arose over mountains; absurd wars were waged in the mountains, flags were raised, summits claimed. The powerful enjoyed basking in the majestic radiance of the mountains, and they still do …