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Everything you always wanted to know about the Krampus but were afraid to ask
09.23.2016
09:45 am

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Krampus


 
Last year here at Dangerous Minds we declared that Krampus had hit the American mainstream, and just a couple of weeks ago we told you “fuck the elf on the shelf, here’s Krampus in the corner.” As we begin to see the department stores trot out their Christmas wares, we are reminded that Krampustime will soon be upon us.

If you’re looking for a Krampusnacht gift for someone special, we have a suggestion:

Feral House has just published the definitive work on Krampus and assorted other dark pagan Yuletide terrors. The exhaustively-researched The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour explores the origins of the Krampus myth, its recent popularization in the United States, the various celebrations and traditions associated with the creature, as well as similar European Christmas beasts.
 

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Krampus, for anyone out of the loop, is a horned, anthropomorphic, demon-like creature who, according to Alpine folklore, is a companion to Saint Nicholas. He acts as the yin to Santa’s yang—punishing the naughty children while Saint Nicholas rewards the good. Krampus provides the dark balance to Saint Nicholas’ light. Traditionally, Krampus is thought to beat naughty children with sticks. Children that have been extra bad are treated more severely: they are stuffed into bags and thrown into the river. It’s really quite a brilliant legend: if your kids are misbehaving, scare the shit out of them with the threat of being flogged and tortured by the Christmas devil!
 

 
The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil is jam-packed with information on the history and meaning of the Krampus as well as scads of photos and art prints. The dozens of photos of celebrants of myriad regional-variant Yuletide festivals in bizarre and terrifying costumes is worth the price of admission alone. Award-winning designer Sean Tejaratchi has laid everything out gorgeously, augmenting Ridenour’s thoughtful analysis. I really can’t recommend this highly enough. If you have any interest in the subject, this book is simply a must-have.
 
More Krampus after the jumpus…

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F*ck The Elf on the Shelf: Here’s Krampus in the Corner!
09.14.2016
10:09 am

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Amusing
Belief

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Krampus


 
I know, it’s not even Halloween yet and here I am blogging about Christmas-related shit. But this is too good not to share as it just reared its fantastical head on the Internet: Krampus in the Corner. Not only is there a Krampus in the Corner cute plush toy, but it also comes with a creepy 32-page picture book “told from Krampus’s point of view.”

Unlike the Elf, Krampus does not speak in rhyme. Read along as he tells what horrors await you if you misbehave! Featuring 16 full-color, painted illustrations.

The authors’ note: “This book is not intended for young children. It is a horror parody featuring scary situations and mild gore.”

Learn more about Krampus in the Corner here.


 
h/t Coilhouse on Facebook

 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Behold the evil glory of the Baphomet, Krampus and Cthulhu tree toppers!
Merry Krampus: ‘Horribly distasteful Christmas sweater’
Krampus Christmas!
Krampus hits the American mainstream
The Krampus has been BORN: Behold this one-of-a-kind Krampus nativity set!

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One-of-a-kind resin Krampus mask
12.11.2015
09:45 am

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Art

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Krampus
mask


 
Even though it’s already after December 5th—the day Krampus is celebrated—I thought I’d share this Krampus mask with you guys anyway. Perhaps you’re already planning for next year’s Krampusnacht? Would like to wear this in the bedroom? Or maybe you’re one of those people who celebrate Krampus every goddamned day? (There are no rules anymore, in my opinion. They serve breakfast all day, so why not keep the festive Krampus spirit going year round?)

The base sculpt is resin, while the teeth and horns are apoxie sculpt additions. It has been painted with airbrush and acrylics paints, and sealed. The straps are black goat leather, and it is backed in a brown faux-suede. It is made to be able to fit an average sized adult face.

This mask will never be recreated!

This one-of-a-kind evil-lookin’ beauty was handcrafted by Catherine Gretschel. It’s currently up for auction on eBay. So far it’s at $180.00 with just a few bids.


 

 

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The Krampus has been BORN: Behold this one-of-a-kind Krampus nativity set!
11.30.2015
09:37 am

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Amusing
Art

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Krampus
nativity scene

Krampus nativity set
Krampus nativity set
 
As I am a ghoul to my very core (as are many of our Dangerous Minds readers), I was pretty excited to stumble on this (as far as I can tell) one-of-a-kind Krampus nativity set. Yes.
 
 
The Krampus child and one of his demonic minions
 
Krampus claw-head, one-eyed nativity scene character
 
Made by Kingston, New York-based artist Galen Djuna (I’m a big fan of her “knitty-titties” crocheted dolls that include the great Tura Satana) made her demonic little set of Krampus revelers out of all kinds of stuff that she “collects” like teeth (including shark teeth), bones and claws, as well as seed pods and various other materials. Djuna even painted a pentagram on the manger housing the newly born evil Krampus child who is swaddled in well, blood.
 
Two-headed Krampus nativity scene character
 
Krampus nativity set character
 
There are a total of seven demons and ill-intentioned animals in the set which will run your bank account a fat $950 (!). And yeah, I can totally see someone throwing that kind of cash down for this strange bit of deviant folk art. The Krampus has been BORN!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Time to start thinking about breaking out the hooved leggings for the Pagan holidays

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Satanic Christmas sweaters let you flip the bird (or the goat horns) at the holidays


 
The ironic phenomenon of ugly Christmas sweaters hit shark-jump levels of cultural saturation so rapidly that I actually can’t even remember any early window of time when it wasn’t irritating (though in all fairness, I get irritated pretty easily). Entirely apart from its annoying ubiquity, the whole thing feels kind of shitty, like it’s not really mocking Christmas to wear them, it’s more like mocking people who just happen to like gaudy sweaters. And is that not punching down?

The upside of this dopey annual crap-pageant has been the profusion of cheeky takedowns. The Descendents have been making awesome gag Christmas sweaters for years, and now, the twisted bastards at Middle of Beyond have given the world outright Satanic Christmas sweaters. MoB, regular DM readers may remember, are the preposterous visionaries who gave the world devil tarot card throw rugs and winter gear patterned after the carpeting in the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrik’s film version of The Shining. I actually plunked for one of those Shining scarves, and to my horror, I found, when it arrived, that it was 100% acrylic (my own fault for neglecting the fine print). But for Christmas sweaters, that material isn’t just a requisite, it’s positively a boon. Designs include a straight up old-fashioned Satanic goat head snugly nestled in a red pentagram, Cthulu, Krampus, and a zombiefied Santa Claus festooned with braaaaaaiiiiiiins. So why settle for giving Christmas the finger when you can flash it the goat horns?
 

 

 

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds
Merry Krampus: ‘horribly distasteful Christmas sweater’
Righteous Motörhead Christmas sweater

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Delightfully devilish Krampus holiday cards
12.03.2012
02:23 pm

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Art

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Christmas
Krampus
Cards
Holidays

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Oh gawd how I adore these assorted—the set comes with 20 cards (two each of ten designs)—Krampus holiday cards.

All the glorious illustrations are from Monte Beauchamp’s book Krampus: The Devil of Christmas.

Get ‘em here: Krampus Greeting Cards: Gruss vom Krampus!.

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With thanks to Boing Boing

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Merry Krampus: ‘Horribly distasteful Christmas sweater’
11.02.2012
02:07 pm

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Amusing
Fashion

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Christmas
Krampus
Sweater

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Since department stores and drug stores decided to pump out their Christmas tunes during Halloween (WTF?), this ill-fitting, acrylic Merry Krampus sweater sends a message I agree with:

This is a limited quantity item! Krampus is the anti-Santa Claus from Europe who punishes the naughty girls and boys on Christmas Eve. If you’re bad, instead of bringing you presents, Krampus stuffs you into a sack so that he can eat you for dinner. This sweater tells the world that even though you weren’t on your best behavior this year, you’re still in the Christmas spirit. It’s the perfect look for an ugly sweater party this holiday season.

The Merry Krampus sweater is available to purchase for $42.50 at the Archie McPhee webstore.

Via Laughing Squid

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Krampus Christmas!
12.24.2009
04:18 pm

Topics:
Music

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Christmas
Krampus
Actually Huizenga
Hard Place


(Via Hard Place)

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Gl?ɬ?gg: Holiday Spirit of the Gods
11.16.2009
10:57 pm

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Sex

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Krampus
Holidays
Glögg

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Gl?ɬ?gg is the drink of the Gods. And now that we are on the veritable cusp of the holiday season, there is NO good reason not to make up your own batch to share with family and friends. Yes, it’s mulled wine, but with a hilarious name, and the more you drink, the funnier the name becomes, and the more you laugh about the name, the more you drink. Get it? Instant holiday cheer!

Gl?ɬ?gg is mulled wine with some spices and whatnot in it. Here’s a well-reviewed recipe.

The Scandinavian Insider reports on the sordid world of Gl?ɬ?gg parties:

Most gl?ɬ?gg parties aren?

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