Centuries ago Krampus was banned by the Inquisition when his appearance was punishable by death. But the tradition has crept back (don't spill the beans!). In Advent festivals here you can encounter a "Krampus run", like a running of the bulls, when Krampus tears through crowds shaking huge bells and chains, whipping people to scare the evil out of them. Here the monsters- several of them!- were accompanied by another amazing appearance: musicians with flaming trumpets! (Austrians really love FIRE!) But if you are creeped out by this, one source states that since Krampus day is followed immediately by Saint Nicholus Day, when St. N comes to fill childrens' shoes with gifts, "it's really not so bad!" ...More photos here.
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