reckoning or redemption

vintage illustration, artist unkown
vintage illustration, artist unkown

 

In Alpine folklore, naughty souls are

consigned to Krampus as punishment

for their transgressions.

It is said the goat-like demon captures especially

unruly children and takes them back to his lair

on the eve of St. Nicholas Day.

In many European countries

a Krampuslauf gathering is held annually,

wherein costumed revelers parade through

the streets menacing the crowd.

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