Important Messages About Humanity/Civilizations from a High-Ranking Shaman | Credo Mutwa

Incredible information from a respected Spiritual Leader.

Searching for the truth is a difficult endeavor. Especially when deception and manipulation seems to run rampant in regards to our way of life, our history, even humanity’s very existence.

Why will I not accept simply living my life to the best of my ability, and largely only caring about my family, friends, my own work, monetary situations, hobbies, etc.?

Because I largely suspect that this is what got us into this apathetic situation to begin with. We have lost sight of what really matters. Yes, family and friends are important. But why should our care and compassion stop at them? Shouldn’t we be caring about THE WHOLE WORLD?

This whole excuse that you can only do so much and you only have one life to live so you might as well make the most of it by having as much fun and living it up as much as possible doesn’t sit right with me. It’s a smokescreen to get us to ignore important situations that occur all across the planet. And I am not okay with it. I think we need to go back to our roots, go back to looking within ourselves, and go back to our compassionate nature.

After digging around for information into our origin and how we used to live, I came across this very insightful interview with who was considered the most highest-ranking shaman in the world at the time: Credo Mutwa.

I am not saying that everything he is saying is true. But I am saying that what he’s recounting deserves reflection and an open mind into what may be possible. Our refusal to believe a particular narrative may have been our downfall all along. But what if we suspended our disbelief, and took this man’s words at heart, and really look at the theory presented to us?

What’s the worst that can happen? That it’s not true and we just made a fool of ourselves? Or that IT IS TRUE, and we need to do a complete 180 in our way of thinking, and come to terms with how we’ve been living our lives? And who we’ve been living our lives with?

I, for one, don’t care if I end up making a fool of myself. If it involves me bettering myself and my understanding of the world and why there’s so much strife and division, I am willing to take that chance. It is better than marching into this dystopian lifestyle that I see looming before us. If humanity can, as a collective whole, raise our consciousness and awareness into who we really are and our capabilities, and start resisting this demiurge that has been dictating and trying to control our emotions and state of being, then the world can be a beautiful, benevolent place.

Credo Mutwa, in an incredibly heartfelt interview, is pleading with the world to open their eyes, heart and mind into considering an alternative account; one that, unfortunately, many scorn and laugh at.

The following are some key points that I have highlighted from his interview. The whole interview is fascinating and definitely worth checking out in full, but wanted to focus on these particular mentions.

Credo Mutwa (Important Insights):

(All quotes are from Credo Mutwa, unless otherwise stated.)

Peaceful, spiritual life in the beginning

“The world was thickly covered with great forests, great jungles, and people lived in peace on Earth at that time. People were happy and it is said, at that time, we human beings did not have the power of speech. We only made funny sounds like happy monkeys and baboons, but we did not have speech as we now have it. And in those centuries, people spoke to each other through their mind.

A man could call his wife thinking about her, thinking about the shape of her face, the smell of her body, and the feel of hair as a woman. That a hunter would go out into the bush and call out for animals to come, and the animals would select one of their number which was old and tired, and this animal would offer itself to the hunter so that he may kill it quickly and take it as meat to his cave.

There was no violence against animals. There was no violence against Nature by human beings at that time. Man used to ask for food from Nature. He used to come to a tree and think about fruit, and the tree would allow some of its fruit to fall to the ground, and man would take it.”

Who is dictating our lives behind the scenes?

“This name is Chitauli [Chitauri]. Now, the word Chitauli means “the dictators, the ones who tell us the law”. In other words, “they who tell us, secretly, what we are to do”. Now, it is said that these Chitauli did a number of things to us when they came to this planet.”

“And the Chitauli told human beings, whom they gathered together by force with whips of lightning, that they were great gods from the sky and that from now on they would receive a number of great gifts from the god.”

“These creatures then took away the great powers that human beings had:

– the power of speaking through the mind only
– the power of moving objects with their mind only
– the power of seeing into the future and into their past
– the power to travel, spiritually, to different worlds

All of these great powers the Chitauli took away from human beings and they gave human beings a new power, now, the power of speech.

But, human beings found, to their horror, that the power of speech divided human beings, instead of uniting them, because the Chitauli cunningly created different languages, and they caused a great quarrel between people.

Also, the Chitauli did something which has never been done before: they gave human beings people to rule over them, and they said, “These are your kings, these are your chiefs. They have our blood in them. They are our children, and you must listen to these people because they will speak on our behalf. If you don’t, we are going punish you very terribly.”

Before the coming of the Chitauli, before the coming of the Imbulu creatures, human beings were spiritually one.

But when the Chitauli came, human beings became divided, both spiritually as well as by language.

– And then, human beings were given strange new feelings by the Chitauli. Human beings started to feel unsafe…
– Human beings became ambitious and greedy and they wanted to acquire wealth…
– And, another thing the Chitauli forced human beings to do, they forced human beings to mine into the Earth.”

Several tribes describe similar creatures:

“Throughout South Africa, amongst many tribes, you’ll find stories of these amazing creatures who are capable of changing from reptile to human being, and from reptile to any other animal of their choice. And these creatures, sir, do really exist. No matter where you go throughout Southern, Eastern, Western, and Central Africa, you’ll find that the description of these creatures is the same.

Even amongst tribes which never, throughout their long history, had contact with each other at all.

So, there ARE such creatures. Where they come from, I will never claim to know, sir. But they are associated with certain stars in the sky, and one of these stars is a large group of stars which is part of the Milky Way, which our people call Ingiyab, which means “The Great Serpent”. And there is a red star, a reddish star, near the tip of this huge rim of stars which our people call IsoneNkanyamba.

Now, this star called IsoneNkanyamba, I managed to find its English name. It is the star called Alpha Centauri, in English. Now, this, sir, is something that is worth investigating. Why is it that well over 500 tribes in parts of Africa which I’ve visited in the last 40 or 50 years or so, all of them describe similar creatures?”

What do the creatures feed on?:

“They hide in deep cavities underground, because they are always feeling cold. In these cavities, we are told, there are huge fires which are kept going by slaves, human, zombie-like slaves. And, it is further said that these Zuswazi, these Imbulu, or whatever you choose to call them, are not capable of eating solid food.

They either eat human blood, or they eat that power, the energy that is generated when human beings, on the surface of the Earth, are fighting and killing each other in large numbers.

I met people who have fled from the early Masaki in Rwanda, from years ago, and these people were horrified by what was happening in their country. They said that the slaughter of the Hutus by the Watusi, and the Watusi by the Hutus, is actually feeding the Imanujela, monsters.

Because the Imanujela like to inhale the energy that is generated by masses of people being terrified or being killed by other people.”

Terrible ritualistic sacrifice to “cure” a sick Chitauli:

“- one of the things that the Chitauli like to do in their underground caves, where many fires are always kept ablaze, we are told, is that when a Chitauli gets sick and starts to lose a large area of skin on his body, it is said that there is a disease that the Chitauli suffer from which causes them to lose large areas of their skin, leaving only raw flesh.

When the Chitauli gets sick this way, a young girl, a virgin, is usually kidnapped by the servant of the Chitauli and is brought to the underground place. There the girl is bound, hand and foot, and wrapped in a golden blanket, and is forced to lie next to the Chitauli, the sick Chitauli, week after week, being well fed and well cared for, but kept bound hand and foot, and only released at certain times to relieve herself.

It is said that after the sick Chitauli shows signs of getting better, then the human girl is manipulated into trying to escape. She is given a chance to escape, a chance which is really not a chance.

Then, when the girl escapes, she runs, but she is pursued over a long distance underground by flying creatures which are made of metal, and she is recaptured when she reaches the height of fear and exhaustion.

Then she is laid on an altar, usually a rough rock, flat on top. Then, she is cruelly sacrificed, sir, and her blood is drunk by the sick Chitauli, which then recovers. But, the girl must not be sacrificed until she is very, very, very frightened, because if she is not frightened, it is said that her blood will not save the sick Chitauli. It must be the blood of a very frightened human being, indeed.”

Our planet becoming a wasteland:

“Now, sir, another thing that the Chitauli told our people, it is said, is that we human beings are here on Earth to change the Earth and to make it suitable for “God” to come down one day and dwell in it. And it is said that they who work to change this Earth and make it safe for the serpent god, the Chitauli, to come and dwell in it, will be rewarded with great power and with great wealth.

Sir, as I have watched over many years of study, over many years of initiation of the mysteries of African shamanism, wisdom, and knowledge, I have found myself wondering why we human beings are actually destroying the Earth on which we live.”

“We are doing something which is only done by one other species of animal, namely, the African elephant, which utterly destroys every tree in the place in which it dwells.

We human beings are doing exactly this. And wherever you go in Africa, where once there were great ancient civilizations, you find desert.

For example, there is the Kalahari desert in South Africa, and under the sands of that desert, I have found the ruins of ancient cities, which means that human beings turned this stretch of land, which was once green and fertile, into a desert.

And, in days when I was with explorers and safari people in the Sahara regions of Africa, I also found evidence of unbelievably ancient human habitation in places where there is nothing now but angry rock and whispering sand.

In other words, the Sahara Desert was once a fertile country and was turned into a desert by human beings. Why? I must ask myself, again and again, why are human beings being driven by insecurity, greed, and lust of power to turn the Earth into a desert in which, ultimately, no human being would ever be able to live? Why?

Although we are all aware of the terrible dangers that this will bring about, why are we cutting huge areas of jungle in Africa? Why are we on Earth carrying out the instructions which the Chitauli programmed into us?”

Being programmed to march into our own destruction:

“One other thing that our people say is that the Chitauli prey upon us like vultures. They raise some of us, they fill some of us with great anger and great ambition, and they make these people they’ve raised into great warriors who make terrible war. But, in the end, the Chitauli do not allow these great leaders, these great war chiefs and kings, to die peacefully.

The warrior chief is used to make as much war as possible, to kill as many of his people, and those he calls enemies, as possible, and then, in the end, the warrior chief dies a terrible death – “

“- there is a certain power that is guiding we human beings toward the dark river of self-destruction.

And the sooner many of us become aware of this, the better, perhaps, we might be able to deal with it.”

“There ARE such creatures, and the sooner skeptics amongst us face up to this fact, the better it shall be. Why is human-kind not progressing? Why are we running around in a great circle of self-destruction and mutual-destruction?”

Depopulation / extermination of Africa:

“But, why is Africa drowning in war, in disease, and in hunger? Why?

Many times, sir, I sit in my hut and I cry when I see diseases like AIDS destroying us; when I see senseless wars destroying those countries in Africa which had thrived for thousands of years.

Say, Ethiopia is a country that has been free for thousands of years. Ethiopia was once the school of all of Africa. Nigeria was once a great country with a long tradition of self-government – long, long before the White man came to Africa. But today, all of these countries and many others are being destroyed.

Today, sir, there are parts of Africa which have been totally depopulated by war and by the disease called AIDS, a disease which shows every sign of being a man-made disease. I ask myself, “Who or what is destroying Africa, and why?”

Because there are tribes in those villages I lived in, who assisted my search for knowledge, before the Second World War and after. But today these tribes no longer exist anymore. They are gone, dispersed, totally exterminated in senseless wars that gain the Black people nothing.

I am in South Africa now. Here I was born, and here I was to die. But I see my country falling apart like a rotting mango. South Africa was once a powerful country. She had a powerful army. She had huge industries, which were producing everything from locomotives to little radios. But today my country has become a drug-sodden, crime-ridden piece of rubbish. Why? A country doesn’t get destroyed almost overnight, unless there are definite forces which are determined to obliterate it.”

Division created within each other:

“There are wars which take place in Africa, where after an African country has gained its independence from the colonial power, then a force of rebels pick up weapons against that country’s government, but instead of the rebels fighting the government to the bitter end, what happens again and again is that the rebel forces split into various groups which end up fighting not only the government in power, but also each other.

And the result is that, in several African countries, the country is so destroyed that, no matter which party wins, the people lose.

The United Nations are caused to be called in, in order to create some semblance of peace. In other words, Africans have now started fighting wars which bring about not victory, but the destruction of themselves, as well as their people.”

Rick Martin: “Now, it’s been said – I’ve heard that these beings are very controlling and they thrive on “divide and conquer”.

Credo Mutwa: “Yes, they do, sir. They set human being against human being. I could give you many amusing examples, using some African language, how the Chitauli are said to have divided human beings.

They like – do you know who they like, sir? They like religious fanatics.”

Credo Sutwa’s heart-wrenching plea to America:

“Because, sir, genocide, worse than anything that Hitler ever committed upon the Jewish people, is taking place in Africa NOW, and the people of America don’t seem to care a damn. Why? We are the best friends that the United States has got. We are the best people. We buy American products.

Our children want to look like American children. Our kids wear jeans, sir, and they even speak with American accents, because you American people are our role model. Why are you allowing us to be slaughtered? Why? Why?”

“I am asking the people of the United States of America, I am asking my Black brothers and my Black sisters over there, why are you allowing the country which is your mother to be exterminated?”

Who humanity is at the core:

“People are basically good; I believe this. People don’t want to start wars. People don’t want to destroy the world in which they stay, but there are creatures, or there is power that is driving we human beings toward self-annihilation. And the sooner we recognize this, the better.”

“Look, please, sir. Anyone who studies humanity with love, with understanding, and with care, recognizes the fact that there is a shining God which is struggling to be born within each and every one of us. We are trying to fight back, although many of us are not yet aware of this. We are developing an attitude of wanting to protect our planet, no matter who or what we are.

There are chiefs in Africa who fine you very heavily if they see you destroying a tree unnecessarily. This thing was common in the past, but it disappeared with the coming of the White people; but now it has come back again.

Man is becoming, is struggling to become a more advanced, more caring being, and the aliens are not going to take this lying down. They are going to cause us to kill each other, again. And I am worried about what is going to happen.”

“Today a big-game hunter is no longer looked upon as a hero, but rather as a murderer. Today there are men and women, Black and White, who are prepared to risk their lives to save trees, to save animals, and to stop the insanity of testing nuclear weapons.

Sir, what does this tell you? It tells you that, after many thousands of years of being dominated by alien creatures, human beings are starting to fight back. Human beings are starting to care about the world in which they live and in which they find themselves.”

Calls for investigations into these different beings:

“One day I hope to share more of this information with your readers, but my appeal, again, is this: Please investigate! Please, let us investigate! Let us stop being too skeptical. Excessive skepticism is just as dangerous and as evil as gullibility.”

“We must investigate, sir, because there is every sign that the alien creatures sharing this planet with us are getting desperate. Why? Because, you see, there is a great fight shaping up, and anyone who thinks deeply about such things can see this fight coming.”

Reference to Jabulon [Jahbulon] and freemasons:

“Jabulon, sir, is a very strange god. He is supposed to be the leader of the Chitauli. He is a god, to my great surprise, which I find certain groups of White people, especially, worshipping.

We have known about Jabulon for many, many centuries, we Black people. But I am surprised that there are White people who worship this god, and these people, amongst them are people whom many have blamed for all the things that have happened on this Earth, namely, the Freemason people.

We believe that Jabulon is the leader of the Chitauli. He is the Old One.”

Rick Martin: “It would seem that this Jabulon would be the equivalent of what, in the West, we call Satan. Would you say that?”

Credo Mutwa: “I think so, yes, sir. He is the chief of the Chitauli. And, like Satan, he lives in a house underground where great fires are always lighted, to keep him warm.

Because, we are told, that after the great war they fought with God, they became cold in their blood and they cannot stand freezing weather, which is why they require human blood, and also they require fire always to be kept working where they are.”

Message of Hope | Spiritual awakening:

Rick Martin: “Well, it is said, and I believe this to be true, that there is a – for lack of a better way of putting it – there is a war between Light and Dark, Good and Evil, on this planet.”

Credo Mutwa: “Yes. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes.”

Rick Martin: “And there certainly is a God in His Universe, a God of Light and Justness.”

Credo Mutwa: “Yes, sir.”

” – there IS hope! Look, first of all, there IS a God above us. And this God is more real than most of us believe.

God is not a figment of someone’s imagination. God is not something dreamt-up by old men and old women in prehistoric times. God exists, sir. But standing between us and God are creatures who claim to be gods.”

“Sir, I have lived a long and very strange life, and I can tell you that there is a God, and He is intervening. However, we see God’s intervening as slow, but wait: Who would have thought that less than 30 years ago, not one person cared about the environment. Who put this sudden Godliness within all of us?

Today, sir, people everywhere in the world are standing up and fighting for the rights of women and for the rights of children. Who has put these ideas into our minds? Not the Chitauli, not any demonic entity, it is God acting in the shadow and making us strong -“

“And it is God, sir, who, for the first time in our existence, is making us aware of these things, making us aware that on this world we are not alone, and that we must be soul-ly and solely responsible for our actions, and we must neutralize these alien beings who for years have led us around in circles.”

“There is hope, and the hope is very bright. A Christ-child is being born in all of us, but like all deaths, the death of the Light-child (the death of the old-self prior to transformation into “Christness”) is going to be attended by great danger, as the enemy is going to be driven into desperation. The enemy will make mistakes and we will conquer him in God’s sacred name.

That is what I believe, sir, and that is what I’m going to hold-on believing until my last breath.”

Stop the censorship / stop the ridicule | Seek The Truth:

Credo Mutwa: “We will overcome, we will overcome, but skeptics must stop laughing, and fools must stop calling these aliens, god. There is only ONE God, and He or She or It is the One who created us, and not some impostor who came from somewhere else to hide behind us and to drink our children’s blood. Amen, sir.”

Rick Martin: “Yes, absolutely right. Credo, please know that I deeply appreciate what you have done and the courage of just speaking frankly. It’s past time to hold onto these things, and it’s time to just speak The Truth. And for those who don’t believe or even consider possibilities, well, it’s just too bad.”

Credo Martin: “Exactly, and also to confront people with the fact that there is no reason to fear anything.

If we go from a perspective of making information available that should be available to every single person on this blooming planet, why the hell are they trying to threaten you to keep quiet? If it’s so ridiculous, let it be. Stop assassinating and ridiculing and destroying people by churning-up fear.

This is the perspective I come from, and I’m sure David, as well, and obviously you, as well, do too. I don’t have fear anymore.

It’s time that we speak out and that we acquire a consciousness – a global, common consciousness – and get this thing to the front. Thank you, so much, I really appreciate it.”

To read the whole interview with Rick Martin, please visit: bibliotecapleyades.net | Credo Mutwa

There is also this lengthy, but equally as captivating interview between Credo Mutwa and David Icke. Although it covers many of the same subjects, it is fascinating as well and gives additional context to the interview with Mr. Martin.

Source: odysee | Kinninigan | The Reptilian Agenda With Shaman Credo Mutwa

Sadly, Credo Mutwa passed away last year on March 25th, 2020. I am very glad we were given the opportunity to hear this incredible account of his background and history, and the beliefs of the African people. While all of it may sound too incredulous to take in, I think it is high time to let go of any preconceived notions, realize that this world is full of mystery, and that there is still universal wisdom to be found in order to uncover the true nature of our reality.

Bless Credo Mutwa, and Mr. Martin and Mr. Icke, for helping this man’s voice be heard. May he rest in peace.

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The Different Origins of Santa Claus

And a look into his evil counterparts.

Sure, most of us know him as a jolly looking fellow with a belly like a bowl full of jelly, but what if I told you that there are much darker depictions and origins of this mystery magic man in red?

Jolly 'Ol Saint Nick. Or is he?
Image by Jo-B from Pixabay

Many believe that Santa Claus was an idea born from a man named Saint Nicholas. The name “Santa Claus” is believed to have evolved from Saint Nicholas’ Dutch name Sinter Klaas (shortened from Sint Nikolaas). Saint Nicholas was allegedly born around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra. It wasn’t until the 1770’s that the yearly celebration to honor the death of Saint Nicholas’ began to take hold on December 6th.

Reputation

There are many legends about Saint Nicholas of Myra. One story tells how he helped three poor sisters. Their father did not have enough money to pay their dowries and thought of selling them into servitude. Three times, Saint Nicholas secretly went to their house at night and put a bag of money inside. The man used the money so that one of his daughters could marry. On the third visit, the man saw Saint Nicholas and thanked him for his kindness. He also reportedly saved three men who were falsely imprisoned and sentenced to death.
Saint Nicholas Biography (biography.com)

To see images of what Saint Nicholas may have looked like, an artist, Luigi Martino, rendered an interpretation of what he believed Saint Nick really looked like by analyzing what researchers allege to be his bones/remains. There is also a forensic reconstruction that was created in Russia in 2004. You can see those images here.

Now, that’s the official story.

Of course, I like to dig around and research other possibilities instead of accepting the first thing that comes up. So with a little digging, we see more stories from a wide range of different beliefs, and not pleasant ones at that.

If you don’t want your Christmas ruined by haunting nightmares, please do not proceed.

Krampus (Santa’s cohort?)

So who is Krampus? What is Krampus?

And why is he celebrated as well?

Santa's BFF?

This creature is portrayed as being half goat, half man. He is often referred to as the devil of Christmas and for some reason, follows behind St. Nicholas’ tradition. But instead of rewarding children with gifts and treats, he either gives them a bundle of birch wood (because that’ll show them) or, he threatens them and tortures them with the birch wood, and/or among other extremely horrendous actions.

Krampus – The Half-Goat, Half-Demon Devil of Christmas

Most renditions of this creature depict him as having one human foot, one cloven hoof, with horns at the top of his head and covered in fur, and a very demonic looking face. He would be known as the antithesis to the usual Christmas Santa Claus.

Some people have already mentioned the anagram of “Santa” being “satan”, but not too many people are aware that the name “Krampus” is derived from the German word “krampen”, which means claw.

One could let their imagination run wild with those theories, but there’s more where that came from.

Jultomten

Two sketches of a Swedish julbock costume from the 18th century
A sketch of a julbock costume (3)

Various customs developed which involved dressing up as a julbock. One example, probably from the 18th century, involved making a julbock‘s mask and fixing it to a rod, which was then tied to a man’s back. When the time came to become more goat-like, the man would lean forward and a friend would throw a blanket over him (see the above sketches). The ‘goat’ would then run around, probably just to scare children!

Julklapp

Another tradition developed of knocking hard on the front door of a house, leaving a straw goat with a joke verse and then running away. The tradition is the origin of the word julklapp (Christmas present), which literally means ‘Yule knock’.

Gradually knocking and running away became less common as the goat’s role shifted towards becoming the giver of Christmas gifts, so in 19th century Christmas presents in Sweden were often distributed by a person dressed up as a julbock, or at least wearing a goat’s face mask.

Tomte and Santa (swedishfood.com)

Huh. Interesting. Another reference to a goat.

There’s also another allusion to birch wood to punish children. Weird that the stories of both Krampus and Santa Claus would involve this form of punishment. This was seen from an American book that chose to depict Santa Claus punishing children with a birch rod, which is strange since that’s one of the punishments that Krampus allegedly used…

In 1821 the image of St. Nicholas changed significantly again when he appear in an American book called the Children’s Friend. Now he arrived from the North on Christmas Eve, rather than on December 6th, in a sleigh with a flying reindeer. But he wasn’t quite like our modern Santa Claus as he carried a birch rod to punish badly-behaved children, although the sleigh did have toys and a shelf of books for rewarding well-behaved children. Along with appearance changes, the saint’s name shifted to Santa Claus—a natural phonetic alteration from the German Sankt Niklaus.

Tomte and Santa (swedishfood.com)

Some additional information on the “tomte spirit” (Christmas gnome) can be found here.

Père Noël and His Evil Counterpart, Le Pere Fouettard

I am not sure why the idea of Father Christmas, Santa Claus, etc., seems to need to come in two parts. One good, one evil. But here we have it again, this time in the French/Belgium culture.

We have the benevolent face of Père Noël (Father Christmas), the one we’re all used to and love.

And then we have another person who, again, seems to be working in part with him, either due to guilt and repentance, or because apparently we just can’t have something good for the sake of it.

Le Pere Fouettard’s (which literally means Father Whipper) history is that he was an evil innkeeper and along with his wife, were involved in horrible cannibalistic atrocities towards children. Père Noël caught him in the act and resurrected the children, then recruited Mr. Father Whipper to apparently terrorize the children into behaving well, literally “cracking the whip” at them to scare them into behaving.

La Befana

The tale of La Befana (Italian Christmas tradition that celebrates the Epiphany) predates that of Saint Nicholas himself. Whereas St. Nick’s birth is said to have been on 270 A.D., the story of the “Christmas Witch” begins with Jesus Christ’s birth and the three Magi during their search for him. Of course, while there is alleged physical proof of St. Nicholas’ remains, supposedly, that of La Befana is still up for debate.

According to the legend, which does differ from story to story, the three wisemen stopped by the witch’s abode and asked for help in searching for the baby Jesus. She directed them to follow the bright star in the sky. Some stories state that they were already in the process of following the Star of Bethlehem, and asked the witch if she would like to come with them to meet the Christ child. She declined, as she needed to continue doing her housework, but said that she would catch up with them later.

Alas, she could not find them, and even took to the sky on her broom to look for them. During her search, it’s said that she brought with her treats and small gifts to give to the good children, and coal, garlic and onions for the naughty children, in honor of the three wisemen’s gift-giving to Jesus. She also used the chimney to enter the homes, or even keyholes, if need be.

Santa Claus?

See also:
Frau Perchta, Terrifying Christmas Witch
for more fun references to scary punishments and goat-like entities.

Kris Kringle

Speaking of Santa Claus and Jesus Christ, one can’t mention “Christmas” without mentioning Jesus Christ, which should be the basis of the whole gift-giving tradition. Of course, due to the hectic, busy nature of Christmas and buying gifts all willy-nilly for everyone on your list, sometimes the whole reason for the Christmas season is lost on many.

What should be a time to reflect and give thanks to the gift that Jesus Christ Himself gave to the world and appreciating those in our life, this holiday is instead rife with extreme consumerism and panic induced sale-shopping to get the best deal not only on Christmas presents, but for gifts to ourselves as well. (At least for some people.)

The name Christkindl was coined by Martin Luther, ironically to try and get away from the honor of Saint Nicholas, but instead actually helped cement the whole gift-giving tradition and increased the “Santa Claus” popularity. Christkindl, also Kris Kringle, is translated to mean “Christ kind” or “Christ child” and is normally depicted as an angelic-like and/or child-like figure with blonde hair and wings, or  even as Jesus Christ.

Christkind: How Does this Christmas Gift-Bringer Differ from Santa Claus?

This account seems to simply be based on Martin Luther’s desire to get away from what he thought was the blasphemous tradition of worshiping and honoring a saint. Still, although this account seems to be from Martin Luther’s rendition of this holiday tradition, it is still celebrated in certain households.

And although Martin Luther strayed from the Saint Nicholas theme, it seems as if the similarity between Saint Nick’s partnership with a darker being can still be seen in a different form. There are depictions of this “Christ kind” seeming to work alongside Hans Von Trapp, another terrible figure known for his barbaric nature in harming and killing children. Again, the relationship between the “good force” and the “evil force” is seen working in conjunction with each other.

Why is Santa Claus sometimes associated with a “darker” personage in folklore traditions, that works in cahoots with him? Where did this development come from? Is the historic roots really based on reality? Did St. Nick really recruit a wicked man/being to work alongside him in order to frighten children into behaving?

And why are some of the depictions an evil, goat-like being?
Doesn’t sound very jolly-like. All of these revelations give new meaning to the lyrics “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”:

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

There are many more interesting tales that relate to the history and origin of “Santa Claus” from many other different cultures around the world. Usually they will have something similar in common, whether it’s bringing gifts to good little children who behave, or punishing those naughty, misbehaving children, to a “good” Santa Claus and his partner in crime who dishes out the punishment (or whether they’re both one in the same..), to a certain fondness for porridge or other foods and drink to be used as a means to appease these magical visitors.

Could these stories simply be a way for parents to control unruly children? Is there any truth behind these legends? Why are there so many different accounts: from a jolly, sweet old man, to a demonic-like entity as his collaborator, to a kindly good witch and beyond; while at the same time all of these stories having some sort of interesting correlations?

 

And don’t even get me started on the Christmas elves

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