Krampus is a mythical creature. In various regions of the world – especially Austria and Hungary – it is believed that Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.
The Hungarian spelling of his name is Krampusz. In Slovenia, he is known as Parkelj.
Krampus is usually represented by a dark, furry, incubus-like creature (resembling a demon or devil), with horns, pointy ears, a tail, satyr/goat-like legs with hoofs (or one leg with a foot and one leg with a hoof), and a very long red tongue. His other typical attributes are a chain he is wearing on his wrists, a pannier or bucket, and a birch. The birch is used to punish and/or to threaten naughty children. The pannier is for taking naughty girls and boys away. See the main article Christmas and spanking.
Krampus is given a humorous femdom twist (c. 1900).
Unusual illustration of Krampus whipping a pin-up style woman with snakes (c. 1930s-40s).
Salalo's tribute to Rare Exports for Christmas 2013.
- Krampuslauf, Chlausjagen, Klausentreiben, Perchtentreiben
- Knecht Ruprecht
- Krampus on Wikipedia
- Companions of Saint Nicholas on Wikipedia
- Category:Krampus on Wikimedia Commons
- "KRAMPUS" - Santa's Not So Little Helper
- Krampus at the Rotten Library
- Percht und Krampus, Kramperl und Schiach-Perchten by Felix und Ulrich Müller: scientific text on the tradition of Krampus in the region of Salzburg, includes a lively description of the fascination of being a Krampus. Text written in 1997 and published in 1999.
- German Winter Traditions Involving the Birch Rod in Wellred Weekly
- Krampus drawing by Kindinov (M/fm)
- The Story Of Minstrel Krampus from "Minstrel Krampus Christmas" — from the cartoon series American Dad. Stan takes Steve to see his incarcerated Grandpa Jack, who tells him how he caught Krampus.
- Still from that clip, on Anime OTK (Krampus/m)
- Official website about the Krampus
- Website of the Krampus Army
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