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der Krampus [Dec. 20th, 2012|05:30 pm]
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It's almost Christmas, and for those of you who know the jolly and not-so-jolly history regarding Christmas, you may have come across the story of the Krampus. He's part of that dark side.

While shopping for Xmas gifts, I came across some Krampus greeting cards. You have no idea how cool it was to find such an odd thing. Just like Christmas cards, except instead of a fat man with toys on the front, it's usually a demonic-looking creature menacing children. I asked my Facebook friends if they'd like me to send them one, and only a handful of people sent me their addresses; even when I mentioned I'd throw in a Krampus poem. I still have most of the box left.

So I'll bring it to you, my TQC friends.

Would anyone like a Krampus card this holiday?

Because it's been an expensive month already, I will only send them to people in the US (international rates are a bit pricier, as well as the fact that it's more work to determine how much postage to use). Sorry :(

If you'd like one, message me your name and address. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN A COMMENT BELOW unless you'd like everyone to know.
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[User Picture]From: boplenty
2012-12-21 03:57 am (UTC)

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I'll skip the card, but thanks for your post. I'd never heard of krampus before, but when I looked them up in Wikipedia, some of the photographs of costumes worn in Alpine countries bore a striking resemblance to Bulgarian kukeri. The Bulgarian versions are a kind of mardi gras figure, not associated with Christmas, I believe, but the description of the practices (costumed young men going from door to door ringing bells, rattles) and the possible origins in pagan Greek culture are very similar. I guess ancient cultures weren't that isolated after all. Very interesting indeed, thanks again.

Edit: Actually, I'm using "Greek" pretty loosely here, I believe the kukeri are traced back to ancient Thrace and worship of Dionysus, which was distinct from what we think of as classical Greece, although there was a lot of cultural interchange, and Krampus may be associated with Greek satyrs (all this according to Wikipedia). Since satyrs are associated with Dionysus, and are probably typical figures in the cultures in those regions, maybe that's the connection between Krampus and kukeri. I'd really like to learn more about these figures!

Edited at 2012-12-21 04:07 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: fourcorners
2012-12-21 05:51 pm (UTC)

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That stuff is fascinating. Practically every single aspect of Christmas is pagan. Did you know that the origin of Santa Claus has nothing to do with St. Nick? I love seasonal lore like that