The legend of Krampus

The legend of Krampus

Possibly many of you have seen on television an advertisement for a movie starring a mysterious entity called Krampus. We might think it is one of those many Hollywood inventions to get the attention of movie lovers, especially the horror genre, but no, this movie is based on an ancient legend and is not a recent invention.

In Europe, many years ago, there was talk of a being with horns and full of hair, which appeared in the houses of the children and took them with him, grasping them with his black and sharp claws. It was the Krampus, an entity that he used to hear mainly at night and that was different from any other animal because it made a lot of noise both with its hooves and with the chains that it carried.

Of this character it had to be said that it was not a demon but, according to legend, he was Santa's companion, being, to put it in some way, the bad alter ego, something like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in charge of stealing the illusion and Christmas from children, even them.

According to the legends, Krampus had long goat horns, an unfriendly face, a forked tongue, a long curled tail and a very bad temper, enjoying punishing children who misbehaved, taking them with him for a year.

¿How did you know which children had misbehaved? The same legends, today almost forgotten, assure that it was Santa Claus himself who was in charge of communicating it and Krampus was taking care of his task, which caused the bad reputation of this character to spread and was a reason for children to behave well so as not to have to deal with that demonic-looking being.

What were the origins of this character?

It is not known exactly when or why the legends of this character began to appear in the folklore of the Nordic countries as well as in Germany, but over time, Krampus has evolved to become known in places where it had never been heard before. talk about it.

According to National Geographic, Krampus may be the son of Hel in Norse mythology and its name would derive from the German word Krampen, which means "claw", but whatever its origin, it will surely be an excuse more than enough for children to behave well throughout the year.

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