Yeeeehaw my lovely deviants,
today is the day!!!
It's the 5th of december and in Austria that means:
It's Krampus day!!!
A few of you already know from my journal entry of last year what that is, but a few don't! For that I decided to explain you the dread of Krampus:
Krampus is a dread of the alpine custom during Christmas season. He accompanies St. Nicholas who gives presents to good and educated children, while Krampus punishes the naughty ones.
This custom is known in Austria, Hungary, the Czech republic, parts of Italy and Croatia.
During the inquisition the custom of Krampus was a punishable offense, because nobody was allowed to dress as a devil or demon-like creature. But in the high-lying villages which were difficult to reach this custom subsisted. But with adding St. Nicholas the church accepted Krampus, because in this way he's in an inferior position and is controlled by St. Nicholas. This is also a symbol for the victory of the good over the evil.
Today in the time of november and Christmas season many Krampus runs (german: Krampusläufe) are made: Young men dress as Krampus wearing huge ugly wood masks, a goat fur suit, a belt with bells and a rod with which they hit larking teenagers, especially young girls
This is a vestige of heathenish times: people believed that during winter nights evil demons crawl around outside and cause harm to people. For that the creature of Krampus helps to get rid of those evil spirits. Their ugly masks and the loud ringing bells should make the demons fear and chase them away. The hitting with the rod is for exorcise the evil from the people's body. They say also who gets hitted by Krampus will remain fertile and will have luck in the next year.
Btw tomorrow I'll visit such a Krampus run together with a few friends who are not familiar with this. We'll have lots of fuuuuuuuunnnnn!!!!!
I hope they have fast legs and strong voices for screaming hahahahaha!!!! XD
Alright guys, I hope you were good this year! Otherwise Krampus will get you!!