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German Folklore and Santa Part II

Similarities between Norse Mythology, German Folklore and Santa Clausby Leslie McCloudThe minds of children are filled each Winter season with tales of Santa Claus and his reindeer racing across the night sky, delivering gifts to good children and keeping a bag of coal or snuff for all of the bad. As they grow older, they lose interest. However, the story of Santa seems similar to Germanic mysticism tales of the Wild Hunt and a god named Woden--a fact older children may enjoy learning. Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today!Santa as a German godIn Christianised Anglo-Saxon England, Woden was rationalized as a historical king, and remnants of worship were continued into modern times as folklore. Woden features prominently in both English and Continental folklore as the leader of the Wild Hunt and as a precursor of Santa Claus, according to information found on the on line encyclopedia, Wikipedia.com and many others, like David L. Jeffery who is th…

German Mysticism and the Wild Hunt Part I

How the Wild Hunt, Woden and Christmas Cross Pathsby Leslie McCloud All over the world, there is a tale of Santa. By learning about cultural folklore and legend as it relates to holiday celebrations, bonds are made among people. Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today!Tales of Santa Claus have delighted children all over the world throughout the ages. However, upon closer inspection of historical data, some found on Wikipedia.com an on line encyclopedia, the legend of a German god named Woden seems to have survived the centuries, evolved and draw similarities between itself and the legend of Santa Claus and his elves and the Wild Hunt.Culture Changes the NameThe Wild Hunt (also known variously as Woden's Hunt, Herod's Hunt, Cain's Hunt, the Devil's Dandy Dogs, and in North America Ghost Riders) was a folk myth prevalent in former times across Northern, Western and Central Europe, according to Wikipedia. The fundamental premise in …