der krampus: santa’s alter ego

der krampus:  santa's alter ego

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why; because Santa [and his clean up man for children with bad behavior, Krampus,] is coming to town!” Wikipedia’s entry describes Krampus as a tradition of Austrian Alpine villages and thought to be a holdover from pagan times, Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.” A nice description of the Krampus myth can be viewed on You Tube. There is also a short 1919 silent film, Aleta Und Der Krampus,” available for viewing. Clyde Lewis provides his view on myth in article,Der Krampen – The Return of Satan’s Claws. Is it worth considering, Krampus myth, may have been useful and constructive means to bring children’s behavior in line without psychoactive pharmaceuticals?  Or is it just more fear-based culture?

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