Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Santa' Alter Ego -- Krampus

Have you heard of Krampus?
Meet Krampus: a half-goat, half-demon, horrific beast who literally beats children into being nice and not naughty. Krampus isn't exactly the stuff of dreams: Bearing horns, dark hair, and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children. He then hauls the bad kids down to the underworld.

December 5th is Krampusnacht, the night before the feast of St. Nicholas. The modern traditions include parades of costumed Krampuses and parties.

The older stories of Krampus taking the bad children and the Krampus Cards from a century ago, make for some interesting, thought provoking, reading.


Unknown said...

Not only have I heard of Krampus, but one of the companies that does haunted houses at Halloween is doing Krampus Houses this year.

And if you haven't seen it yet, I endorse "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale".


Harvey Morrell said...

When I was a wee lad growing up in a small village in Bavaria I got coal and switches from Krampus one Nikolaustag. He said if I was bad again the next year he was going to take me away to his home in the Black Forest. Traumatized me for a long time.

About 40 years later my mom was going through some old photos and apologized to me for that incident.

Unknown said...

Funny thing.

I'm kind of a geology buff. I'm very bad at it, but I love reading the "Roadside Geology" books and John McPhee's works. I've been that way since I was young.

Point being, I thought a Christmas gift of a lump of coal would have been a really cool thing when I was younger. I still do: I figure you'd have to coat it in something to keep coal dust from going everywhere, but it'd make a great paperweight/conversation piece/fidget item.

Nobody ever got me one. But then, coal's not as big a thing here in Texas, outside of power plants.