As Santa Claus comes on every Christmas and dispenses gifts among children similarly there is a character in central ancient folklore named `Krampus`. Krampus during Christmas season comes to punish children who have misbehaved and gives coal to them. He is considered as a demon character... So what are your thoughts on this folklore character?
Posted On : 12/24/2018 4:49:46 AM
Sonika Gupta Reward Points : 409600 Member Since : Friday, August 22, 2014
I have no idea about this folklore on Christmas. All we have known about Christmas is only about Santa Claus and the Holy Birth of Jesus Christ. Can you please give some more information about Krampus?
Krampus; the half goat-half demon figure has often been described as the anti-St.Nicholas. He is the shadow of Christmas. In some countries it is believed that Krampus travels with St.Nicholas punishing the children who misbehaved in contrast to St.Nicholas who rewards the well behaved children. With a nightmare-ish appearance; Krampus is known to have large horns, dark hair and sharp fangs and a long pointed tongue. He carries around chains which are symbolic of the Christian church binding the Devil. He also carries a bundle of birches to swat misbehaving children. Legend has it that throughout the Christmas season, misbehaved kids are beaten with birch branches or can disappear stuffed into Krampus sack and hauled off to his lair in the underworld. Now obviously there are other variations to this ancient folklore. Unlike St.Nicholas, the origins of Krampus is little unclear as in the Norse mythology he is known to be the son of Norse, God of the underworld Hell. At first glance, Krampus seems to play the role of Christmas villain but he represents far more than an evil entity. He is the counterpart to St.Nicholas, with good comes bad and with light comes dark. In modern day, Krampus has become a symbol of celebration. To me personally, Krampus symbolizes the need for our moral compass to be balanced. There must be rewards and consequences for our actions, cause if receiving no presents from Santa Claus is not enough to dissuade the bad behaviour of children then surely a visit from Krampus will. Hope this reply was of some help to you.
Posted On : 1/7/2019 4:26:46 AM
Aman Saxena Reward Points : 71300 Member Since : Monday, October 20, 2014
According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night of December 5 known as `Krampus Night`.