Monday, December 15, 2008

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a sadistic child-abusing man-goat!

Those wacky Germans gave Saint Nicholas a hairy demon famliar who beats bad children with sticks, stuffs them in barrels or sacks, and drops them in streams. And no, Der Krampus isn't just some half-forgotten Medieval tradition; he (or they, as in some cases there are roving mobs of them) takes an active in of Xmas festivities in modern Germany, where revelers lovingly make their own costumes, complete with real goat horns and real goat ears. That's so completely awesome.

I don't know who this woman is, but she's cute.

Krampus revelers:

Krampus parade in Graz

A Krampus attack on noplused American tourists in Austria:

Krampuses (Krampii?) outside Salzburg.

Some really impressive horns on these guys!


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