Morning Hausmates! So are you good little Hausmates and made it through Krampusnacht? 😄 we thought it would be fun today to talk about different Winter traditions and celebrations, and also to hear about how you celebrate 💕
For those of you not familiar with the Krampus our favourite explanation of them is that they are the son of Hel. In Norse mythology, the goddess Hel
is ruler of the realm of the dead. The youngest child of the trickster god, Loki, she is a fearsome figure, her upper body that of a living woman, the lower half, that of a corpse. To her are sent a portion of the dead—those who died in disgrace, and those who were wicked in life.
She’s also likely Krampus’s mythical mother. See the resemblance?
Born in the realm of the dead, Krampus likely gained his sour disposition from the cold and desolate wasteland which surrounded him.
However, once a year, Krampus is able to leave the dead behind and travel out into the world of man to seek out wicked children.
Of course, that’s only one possibility for the development of the Krampus myth—the creature’s beginnings are, in fact, shrouded in mystery.
The image of a horned god, however, is prevalent throughout pagan folklore. In fact, one of the most impactful mythological figures in all of paganism is the Horned God, itself, from which Krampus may take its image. So if you see a horned figure in the street or get left a switch then look out! 😉 .
If you’ve any this to share on Krampus or holiday traditions we’d love to hear them 💕
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