Anthony Bourdain left us earlier this year, but the joy he found in the world’s many cultures and traditions will always be around for us to savor.
In this quick holiday story, written by Bourdain, North America is given a brief, dark, humorous peek into the mythos surrounding Krampus, a goat-demon who comes during the Christmas holidays to punish children who misbehaved over the last year. A good pal of Santa Claus, Krampus, and the dread he has instilled in rotten kids for generations, most likely pre-dates Christianity.
There seems to be little doubt as to his true identity for, in no other form is the full regalia of the Horned God of the Witches so well preserved. The birch – apart from its phallic significance – may have a connection with the initiation rites of certain witch-covens; rites which entailed binding and scourging as a form of mock-death. The chains could have been introduced in a Christian attempt to ‘bind the Devil’ but again they could be a remnant of pagan initiation rites.
Al Ridenour, co-founder of Krampus LA and host of the Bone & Sickle podcast, has just announced that he’ll be hosting an eight-day tour of authentic European Krampuslaufs (the Krampus Runs). This winter, from November 30 to December 7, he’ll be taking folks to Austria and southern Germany to catch runs in Salzburg and Graz. […]
Krampus LA co-founder (and occasional BB guest blogger) Al Ridenour is taking a stab at podcasting with Bone & Sickle, a show that “celebrates the intertwining of horror and folklore.” He writes: Like my Krampus book, the show explores elements of horror within folklore, or folklore within horror. It’s not an interview show, but more […]
Regina Weiss of the blog Morale Fiber upped her Krampus game this year with this amazing hand-crocheted hat. Even its horns are made of yarn. She writes, “I designed this crazy crochet hat after the traditional European Christmas monster who accompanies Santa to scare anyone who isn’t on the Nice list!” Get the pattern for […]
Sometimes, smaller is better – especially when it comes to technology. Doubly so when it comes to gear that will fit into that Christmas stocking. From high-powered flashlights to high-performance earbuds, we’ve got three deals on tech that anybody can use – and afford. Universal Waterproof Solar Charger This handy unit is perfect for the […]
More than almost any career, graphic design is about the marriage of creativity and functionality. Assuming you’ve got the tools of the trade, all you need is a tutor that can show you how to join the two. Enter the Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle, a pack of online courses that serve as a boot camp […]
Remember zooming your model X-Wing through the living room as a child, making an imaginary run on the Death Star trench? Looks like technology has finally caught up with your dreams. Not only does the Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector’s Edition fly, but it can engage in real-life laser dogfights with other drones in the […]