The Traditional European Yule character, KRAMPUS

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.
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Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore; however, its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.

Here is a video of a Krampus parade in Strassen, Osttirol, November 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRryiXIlsSg

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One Response to The Traditional European Yule character, KRAMPUS

  1. Ytringer says:

    Krampus is 100 % invented by Christianity to smear the pre-Christian traditions.
    Originally Santa Claus was in fact Heimdallar. You can update yourself on Yule and it’s meaning here:
    http://thuleanperspective.com/2013/09/14/divine-child-unveiled/

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