Most are familiar with the legend of Santa Claus, but probably fewer have heard of “Krampus,” the so-called “Christmas devil” derived from Germanic folklore. As the story goes, while Santa Claus rewards good children, Krampus swats naughty children and scares them into being nice. Last weekend, members of Columbus’ neo-pagan community held a parade in Krampus’ honor. Dressing up in a variety of interpretive costumes and banging drums, spoons, and other noisemakers, about 50 people made their way down North High Street to the Magical Druid Bookstore. I photographed and recorded the event for the OSU Religious Soundmap Project.
A couple of weeks ago, I also photographed a service at a Columbus Jain Temple. The diversity of this region never ceases to amaze me!
Thanks for looking, and happy holidays!