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Krampusnacht
By Draconis Blackthorne
{December 6, Krampusnacht, XLII A.S.}

On Krampusnacht...

The Krampus comes forth, ringing thine bell
From out of the darkness, resounding from Hell
Displaying thy rictus, switchel in hand
A demonic vision now walks the land

On Krampusnacht...

Krampii of every shape, color, and size
A devil's procession, yule fire aglow in their eyes
A messenger of nightmarish fane
This bearded beast with horn-crowned mane

On Krampusnacht...

Villagers cower with whispered prayers
Fearsome shadows cast with dusk to bring the night
Torches aflame with scent of brimstone's pyre
And some will vanish into thine black embrace
A thorny gash, a scion's choir

On Krampusnacht...

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XII/VI/XLII: Before the jolly depictions of Santa Claus with rosey cheeks and smiles, before the typical elves roaming about, there was actually an accompanying demon known as the "Krampus", sometimes displayed with Santa in the sleigh holding a switchel, or a collection of reeds with which to smite and thrash naughty boys and girls.

On December 6th, known as Krampusnacht, the demons would be let forth to discover and report the activities of children, and whether or not they were saying their prayers, or committing mischief. This fearsome and furry bogeyman appears with long curving horns and extended tongue, intended to scare children into line. An obvious religious manipulation.

As traditions transformed, the Krampus was modified into a relatively innocuous elf, merely helping St. Nickolas on his annual unloading of presents down chimneys, which was originally the responsibility of one "Knecht Ruprecht", often depicted as a hooded phantom with a sooty countenance - another variation of The Krampus {Winter Devil/Satan} archetype.

Many European villages still hold parades wherein fearsome horned Krampii and/or hooded reaper-like forms appear to terrify, finally followed by Sinter Klaas resembling a bishop to reward the devout with greedy dispensation.
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Wolfdrappa95's avatar
Krampus still scares me today lol
ToniPendragon's avatar
Awesome stuff that. Love it.
DBlackthorne's avatar
Thank you, and a Merry Krampusnacht to you.