The Krampus


The Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to traditional folklore, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Father Christmas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Although he appears in many variations, most share some common physical characteristics. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long pointed tongue lolls out. Krampus carries chains and bells of various sizes attached to long birch branches that he uses to swat naughty children.  Sometimes Krampus appears with a large sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.



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