Poor souls

Gate column

They are stone pillars with a round or square hole in which a wooden gate could be attached. Close to Hutstein you may see one:

Gate column – Gattersäule | HUTSTEIN Origins

According to old folk beliefs, they were not allowed to be moved
because the poor souls who would be hurt lived under the stone.

(Source: Otto Milfait, Elvira Landgraf “The Mühlviertel Language, Customs and Sayings”. And again soul, magic…)

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