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J LHLS Archives: June 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
The Devil in the Design
Edited by Monte Beauchamp
Reviewed by Kathryn L. Ramage
He knows when you've been bad or good… so be good for goodness sake!
The Krampus is a sort of anti-Santa, a devil in European folklore who acts as a "dark servant" to St. Nicholas. Author/designer Monte Beauchamp explains:
"In Austria, for example, [Christmas] festivities are well underway by December 6th, on St. Nikolaus Day–when God grants the legendary bishop a return visit to earth. He arrives bearing gifts, his big Book of Sins, and is joined by his controversial companion, the Krampus. As Nikolaus travels door to door doling out gifts to boys and girls who've been goldenly good all year, those who have behaved badly are dealt with by the Krampus." (p. 40) [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 01:19 PM PST [Link]
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