Category Archives: Rituals and Violence

The Krampus and Religious Ritual in Germany

Children, beware the Krampus!  “Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the message … Continue reading

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