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My daughter had to do an ancestry report for school this week. That was the first time I had read about Krampus. These pictures and videos are awesome! I love the masks with the eyes that light up. How do they see?
 

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It looks like the show Grimm will have an episode on Krampus. At least that's what it looks like in the preview.
 

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We have some guys here in Richmond trying to bring the tradition here...
That is cool. Good luck to them.

It looks like the show Grimm will have an episode on Krampus. At least that's what it looks like in the preview.
I like how they have been incorporating mythology lately. That's what I was thinking when I saw the preview after last night's episode, too. The' El Cucuy' episode was funny as hell, so maybe this upcoming one will also be tongue-in-cheek and have lots of black humor.
 

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Europe has some very old traditions that are unfortunately pretty much now drowned under the christian religion and american commercialism. Here in Finland and in other Scandinavian countries we had/have an old tradition of Santa Claus, but that actually was not the same. It used to be a horned figure that traveled from house to house, and later it had a function of taking the Yule away. Unfortunately, american influence, Coca-cola and Christian brainwash has changed our Joulupukki into that same Santa Claus you know.
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here's some story about our Joulupukki, which is our Santa, but the name is still pagan, translates into Yule Buck(goat).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joulupukki
 

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Here in Finland and in other Scandinavian countries we had/have an old tradition of Santa Claus, but that actually was not the same. It used to be a horned figure that traveled from house to house, and later it had a function of taking the Yule away. Unfortunately, american influence, Coca-cola and Christian brainwash has changed our Joulupukki into that same Santa Claus you know.
Too bad that organized religion often has a way of mucking up nearly everything by devouring or twisting any conflicting cultural aspects. I would have preferred that original version of Santa to the jolly fat man any day. Although, if malls would still have huge crowds lining up waiting to sit their children on a goat man's lap is debatable:rolleyes:
 

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I'm sorry that you feel a loss of one of your traditions, but I think blaming it on 'American commercialism' and 'Christian brainwashing' is perhaps a bit heavy-handed.

Throughout the history of mankind, holidays and traditions have been influenced and changed through interaction with other cultural influences. It's just a part of the human experience. Some of those holidays and traditions are deeply rooted and endure outside influences; others are not. Perhaps you could find other people in Finland (and other Scandinavian countries) that still feel a strong connection to the Joulupukki traditions; collaborate on keeping those traditions alive, and teaching them to today's youth.
 

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I'm sorry that you feel a loss of one of your traditions, but I think blaming it on 'American commercialism' and 'Christian brainwashing' is perhaps a bit heavy-handed.

Throughout the history of mankind, holidays and traditions have been influenced and changed through interaction with other cultural influences. It's just a part of the human experience. Some of those holidays and traditions are deeply rooted and endure outside influences; others are not. Perhaps you could find other people in Finland (and other Scandinavian countries) that still feel a strong connection to the Joulupukki traditions; collaborate on keeping those traditions alive, and teaching them to today's youth.
I'm sorry if I sounded bitter (I'm Not! :)) or you felt I tried to blame Americans, I don't, I do understand things change and it's not always bad or something to be sad about. :) Of course it's not just the american commercialism, but it really has been a huge influence on replacing/influencing old traditions throughout Europe. I'm not saying it's always bad, because it has also brought Halloween to us again (although we had an old tradition in that spot as well). But the religiousness has ruined many old traditions and I do not value that so much. I don't want to bash anyones values, but the violent lost of something old is a bit sad. I'm not saying it's just those things, but it is a huge part of it.

There are many old traditions that are getting a new start nowadays in Europe, because of strong oppose of religious and commercial things and need to revive our own traditions. And yes i have done something about that too in my own field. :) Scandinavia, despite being basically christian countries have still strong roots to nature and old traditions. I love Americans and American traditions, and I really value your enthusiasm on pretty much everything. But the huge bulldozing of other things (not necessarily because of americans, european people of course love these things all by themselves) is annoying.

Oh I hope I didn't sound too arrogant or angry, I'm not. This is just an area that interest me very much and I tend to get carried away. :)
 

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Last year was my first time being aware of Krampus. It is a terrifying tradition from a child's eye, but also very cool from an adult viewpoint. I love all the pictures and information about it. Thanks for the links.
 
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