posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 03:32 PM
Originally posted by FugitiveSoul
You're sure to get a 30 page debate for posting your OP, but what the hell, it's Christmas right?
Have you ever researched any on Siberian Shamans, and the creation of Christmas traditions thousands of years before Christmas? Everything from
reindeer, to stockings, to decorated trees and greenery, and even the colors red and white stem from their culture. Pretty interesting stuff, though
discussing Siberian Christmas Origins is a T&C violation here on ATS, so I'll direct you to do your own research off site (I've been warned
Paganism... the reason for the season.
Wow no I have never heard of the Siberian Shamans before. I do remember reading something about Santa Claus though. In Germany's black forest, before
Christianity came to the place, they had a legend about creatures called tomtin. These were wholly evil little dwarf-like creatures, who wore red (the
color of blood). They would band together, pull a traveler to the ground and beat him.
The tomtin had a leader, though. He was known as Nacht Rupert. Nacht Rupert would sometimes come into villages taking a small army of tomtin with him,
and could sometimes be seen peering into windows. He would often kill those he was watching, unless the people inside were keeping to the old faiths,
in which case he would give gifts.
When the Catholic faith made it to the area, they were appalled at such a thing, and decided to replace the notion with a saint, who happened to be
St. Nicholas. At first, though, this did not erase his sinister reputation. For some time, he was known as 'Buller Claus' (translates to 'Belled
'Nicholas') because of the chains and bells that he carried. When he approached a house, the tomtin went ahead to rouse sleeping children, drag them
from their beds, and ask them questions on the Christian catechism. If they could not answer or answered incorrectly, the tomtin beat them with sharp
sticks and chains while St. Nicholas pelted them with hard coal until they bled and the tomtin licked the blood from their wounds. If they were able
to answer correctly, they were (grudgingly) rewarded with an apple or sweetmeat. Luckily, St. Nicholas would only come once a year, on a certain day
Later, the image of the tomtin softened, and they became 'Santa's little helpers' or 'Christmas Elves'. Also, things changed around a bit, and
now it is Santa who wears the red (color of blood) suit.