Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas , who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair. Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore, however its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria , southern Bavaria , South Tyrol , northern Friuli , Hungary , Slovenia , the Czech Republic , the Slovak Republic and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten .
Symbols: Disclaimer: on this page I will list some of the symbols that were used in the Germanic culture, some of this symbols are very controversial today because of their abuse by the nazi's in WW2 who gave a completely new meaning to some of them, I have decided to include those symbols too because nowadays many people associate Germanic symbols with the ideology of the nazi's while the original meaning of those symbols was completely different. I have also included those symbols because I want to give a complete image; I would be offering incomplete information if I would leave certain symbols out.
The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. [ 1 ] The fundamental premise in all instances is the same: a phantasmal, spectral group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting, with horses and hounds in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground, or just above it. [ 2 ]
West Germantic Mythology