Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Adolf Hitler once said 'The Brothers Grimm, Richard Wagner and Father Christmas' had done more to preserve Germanic culture than anyone else - how right he was! We've already seen how St Nick was the christianised version of Woden. In the Nordic lands 'Father Christmas' also inherited some other attributes from our pagan history - that of the Thunder God!

One traditional symbol of Yule in the Nordic lands is the Julbocken or Yule Goat. This Yule Goat is nowadays made of Straw and symbolise the thunder god's two goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnj├│str. Even our modern Santa has a sleigh pulled by reindeer that have the names Donner and Blitzen - German for Thunder and Lightning!

 straw Julbocken

it is also easy to see how the Yule Goat and Krampus imagery overlap.