posted on Dec, 6 2016 @ 07:23 AM
a reply to: Shr00mz
I´m from Salzburg-Austria and maby I can clear things up a bit.
First of all the Krampus thing is a tradition here in Austria, it is many hundred if not even a thousand years old.
Every 5th of December is the so called Krampus-Day and every 6th of December the so called Nicolaus Day.
There are many hundred traditional "Krampus-groups" all around my country. They are mainly made up of young guys from the countryside (been in one of
this groups also when i was younger).
They are wearing pretty expensive fur-siuts and even more expensive hand carved masks with horns on them. They also have very big cow-bells on the
back and horse or cow tales or some soft branches of wood in their hands to beat people a little bit.
(the whole equipment can go up to about 10.000 €)
On the evenings of those days in december there are so called "krampus-runs". Official events where many thousand people attend. There is a lot of
hot-wine to drink, and as a highlight the boys with the krampus-suits run around one hour through the people and beat them a bit with ther horse
tails, also there cow-bells are extremly loud wich makes it a pretty impressive and fun event.
Normaly noone should get hurt seriously, but with thousands of people attending and the limited view out of the masks and horns on them there can be
some injuries. But the thing is, everyone attending this events know that they will eventually get a litte beating, so thats not a big thing at
So no, there is no "new age" in this tradition, but i can understand it can look a bit crazy if you are not from the local area. Had colleges from
other countrys with me on such events, some of them where pretty shocked at the beginning, but at the end everyone had a great evening.
Greetings from Austria