Tiefenthal, Bad Kreuznach

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Coat of arms of Tiefenthal
Coat of arms
Tiefenthal  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°45′34″N 7°54′23″E / 49.75944°N 7.90639°E / 49.75944; 7.90639Coordinates: 49°45′34″N 7°54′23″E / 49.75944°N 7.90639°E / 49.75944; 7.90639
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Kreuznach
Municipal assoc. Bad Kreuznach
 • Mayor Gerlinde Freithofer-Hohenegg
 • Total 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Elevation 180 m (590 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 121
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55546
Dialling codes 06709
Vehicle registration KH
Website www.tiefenthal.de

Tiefenthal is a municipality in the district of Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate, in western Germany.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of Arms of Tiefenthal includes a sword, a hammer, and a lion, each with symbolic significance beyond traditional heraldry. The lion is included because of a local folk tale wherein a pride of lions came out of the nearby forest one day in antiquity and terrorized the town for twelve days and twelve nights, only to disappear at dawn on the twelfth day. To this day, a superstitious fear of all feline animals persists.

The sword and hammer shown in the coat of arms relate to the same story. The town blacksmith is said to have created a sword and a hammer to drive the lions out of town, but neither was finished before the lions left of their own accord. These weapons are said to be buried with the blacksmith who died of grief over his wife, maimed in the lion attack because of his dedication to the creation of the two weapons.