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    Daily Inspirations no. 377

  • Anne

    Chris Buzelli, 'And the Children Shall Inherit the Earth' 24"x36"/oil on panel. #art #paintings #holidays #christmas #xmas #krampus #ChrisBuzelli

  • Larisa Alexandrovna Horton

    Chris Buzelli #art #illustration #buzelli

  • Nick VandenBroek

    This oil painting, created by artist Chris Buzelli in 2011 and entitled And the Children Shall Inherit the Earth, depicts the one and only mythically terrifying Krampus doing what it does best, making the lives of children miserable.  If Santa Claus is a good cop, making sure good children receive presents and bad ones lumps of coal, then the Krampus is Santa’s bad cop counterpart. In Alpine regions of Europe, children are taught that the Krampus travels with St. Nicholas during Christmas.

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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 a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner. One hoof foot, one claw foot!

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If you don't know Krampus, let me introduce you! He is the European counterpart to Santa Claus. Where Santa rewards the good children, Krampus, also known as Black Peter, would punish them with switches! The original boogie man! They have whole festivals and parades dedicated to him. Adults dress in outrageous costumes to scare the children into being good! Beautiful Creature!