The Sacred Clowns Bring Krampus To Wisconson Protests

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DATELINE: Madison, Wisconsin, USA. February 25

Sacred clowns came down on Wisconsin state capitol. Protesters unwittingly revived an ancient European sacred clown tradition previously thought extinct in North America. KRAMPUS!, also known as the “henchmen of Saint Nick,” were thought to be non-existent in all but a few remote Tyrolian villages, but it seems their population is actually growing “under the radar” in the American midwest spurred on by labor unrest in the face of government corruption there.
And it isn’t even Christmas!

Seems Anonymous might have some company. More on this on the Modern Mythology website.

I also received a missive from their chief organizer, in reaction to criticism that Krampus is generally known for running around, beating children. Here’s a sample:

Some of our clowns definitely take inspiration from Krampus–“the henchmen of Saint Nick” thing you find in the Austrian, German and Swiss Alps. We live in Wisconsin, a bastion of German heritage, and we see those clowns as something we lost– something we want back!

The Nazis apparently hated Krampus. Our antlers tip in respect to those clowns. But this is global. We love love love the Japanese Namahage and the Native American Heyokas too! We embrace them all. If we have one reservation though, it involves terrorizing little children into obedience, servitude or serfdom. That makes us cry. We no like that. Here, we do take our cues more from the Native American clowns (as well as other intact tribal traditions), more so than Krampus (as it is performed in the Alps today).

We’re here to sweep away the vile spirit of big, greedy, power-mad ego– the ones that seemingly care so little for the children– the ones that would imperil their own grandchildren just to line their own pockets. Our heart-sworn ethic is to do this with humor, creativity, art, dance, music and absurdity. Yes, we would willingly spank naughty parents and politicians, but the children are sacrosanct. If we have one reservation though, it involves terrorizing little children into obedience, servitude or serfdom.  That makes us cry. We no like that.  Here, we do take our cues more from the Native American clowns (as well as other intact tribal traditions), more so than Krampus (as it is performed in the Alps today). We’re here to sweep away the vile spirit of big, greedy, power-mad ego– the ones that seemingly care so little for the children– the ones that would imperil their own grandchildren just to line their own pockets. Our heart-sworn ethic is to do this with humor, creativity, art, dance, music and absurdity. Yes, we would willingly spank naughtyparents and politicians, but the children are sacrosanct.”

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17 Responses to The Sacred Clowns Bring Krampus To Wisconson Protests

  1. Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    What I especially love about Modern Mythology is that it represents the tapping of a long-neglected energy resource–a positive, psychic energy.

    Wonks like me worry about peak oil and the collapse of the modern financial paradigm. There are legions of environmentally-minded scientists and entrepreneurs struggling (despite Scott Walker’s best efforts*) to develop sustainable technologies. There are a few folks, like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who, promiment though they may be, seem to be unwittingly touching the edges of the vast lodestone–but just barely, and with not much deep meditation.

    If we as a society devoted half as much intellectual candle power to cultivating our positive spiritual imagery as we did to crafting PR strategies for Wall Street, we might not feel like we do, trapped to conveyor belt leading to an abbatoir.

  2. Liam_McGonagle March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    What I especially love about Modern Mythology is that it represents the tapping of a long-neglected energy resource–a positive, psychic energy.

    Wonks like me worry about peak oil and the collapse of the modern financial paradigm. There are legions of environmentally-minded scientists and entrepreneurs struggling (despite Scott Walker’s best efforts*) to develop sustainable technologies. There are a few folks, like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who, promiment though they may be, seem to be unwittingly touching the edges of the vast lodestone–but just barely, and with not much deep meditation.

    If we as a society devoted half as much intellectual candle power to cultivating our positive spiritual imagery as we did to crafting PR strategies for Wall Street, we might not feel like we do, trapped to conveyor belt leading to an abbatoir.

    • James Curcio March 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      This is something that I’m trying to deal with in The Immanence of Myth – though also the site and, obviously it is something far bigger than just me and the people I’m working with. It’s about culture in general. But spreading awareness is a part of it… (For those who haven’t seen – http://www.weaponized.net/books#ecwid:category=338507&mode=product&product=2625362 )

    • Rrauben March 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      I guess some of my comrades are lining up resources for a Krampus
      children’s march now– they got fire in their bellies about it.

      All the clowns who have had the balls (and clits so big they don’t need
      no balls– thanks for that line L7!) to try this just get completely
      smitten by it. Then they start thinking up stuff on their own. I’ve
      been REALLY encouraging this. For instance:

      One Krampus almost seems like a whirling dervish now– he’s an African
      dancer by training. Antlers and furry burlaps just flying through the air– so lovely to behold!

      Another is a Montessori school teacher– it’s her idea for the children’s march. She reaches out to the teaching community to bring others in.

      Another is a hard rocker– he grabs every opportunity to get in front
      of a microphone and spread the message in the voice of Toki Wartooth. He’s huge. He looks about 7 feet tall when all clowned up! He’s the one with the wolf face.

      Another has introduced old brooms to comically sweep away the “evil
      spirits,” instead of using the spanking switches.

      Giving each person the lee-way to do this has just made everything so
      much more intense and empowering. As a result, in actual performance
      these sacred clowns just keep getting ballzier, more inventive and
      more hallarious!

      Viva!

    • Rrauben March 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      About half way through this video you’ll start seeing some great footage of our Krampus clowns in action.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6PZcTWO6Ys

      From a different angle:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qO4pIK1Bg

  3. James Curcio March 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    This is something that I’m trying to deal with in The Immanence of Myth – though also the site and, obviously it is something far bigger than just me and the people I’m working with. It’s about culture in general. But spreading awareness is a part of it… (For those who haven’t seen – http://www.weaponized.net/books#ecwid:category=338507&mode=product&product=2625362 )

  4. Rrauben March 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I guess some of my comrades are lining up resources for a Krampus
    children’s march now– they got fire in their bellies about it.

    All the clowns who have had the balls (and clits so big they don’t need
    no balls– thanks for that line L7!) to try this just get completely
    smitten by it. Then they start thinking up stuff on their own. I’ve
    been REALLY encouraging this. For instance:

    One Krampus almost seems like a whirling dervish now– he’s an African
    dancer by training. Antlers and furry burlaps just flying through the air– so lovely to behold!

    Another is a Montessori school teacher– it’s her idea for the children’s march. She reaches out to the teaching community to bring others in.

    Another is a hard rocker– he grabs every opportunity to get in front
    of a microphone and spread the message in the voice of Toki Wartooth. He’s huge. He looks about 7 feet tall when all clowned up! He’s the one with the wolf face.

    Another has introduced old brooms to comically sweep away the “evil
    spirits,” instead of using the spanking switches.

    Giving each person the lee-way to do this has just made everything so
    much more intense and empowering. As a result, in actual performance
    these sacred clowns just keep getting ballzier, more inventive and
    more hallarious!

    Viva!

  5. Rrauben March 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I guess some of my comrades are lining up resources for a Krampus
    children’s march now– they got fire in their bellies about it.

    All the clowns who have had the balls (and clits so big they don’t need
    no balls– thanks for that line L7!) to try this just get completely
    smitten by it. Then they start thinking up stuff on their own. I’ve
    been REALLY encouraging this. For instance:

    One Krampus almost seems like a whirling dervish now– he’s an African
    dancer by training. Antlers and furry burlaps just flying through the air– so lovely to behold!

    Another is a Montessori school teacher– it’s her idea for the children’s march. She reaches out to the teaching community to bring others in.

    Another is a hard rocker– he grabs every opportunity to get in front
    of a microphone and spread the message in the voice of Toki Wartooth. He’s huge. He looks about 7 feet tall when all clowned up! He’s the one with the wolf face.

    Another has introduced old brooms to comically sweep away the “evil
    spirits,” instead of using the spanking switches.

    Giving each person the lee-way to do this has just made everything so
    much more intense and empowering. As a result, in actual performance
    these sacred clowns just keep getting ballzier, more inventive and
    more hallarious!

    Viva!

  6. Rrauben March 5, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Oh, and Anonymous, if you’re listening, Sacred Clown Union sends smooches out to you!

  7. Rrauben March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Oh, and Anonymous, if you’re listening, Sacred Clown Union sends smooches out to you!

  8. guest March 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Wisconsin not wisconson

  9. guest March 5, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Wisconsin not wisconson

    • Rrauben March 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      America not Amerika.

  10. Rrauben March 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    About half way through this video you’ll start seeing some great footage of our Krampus clowns in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6PZcTWO6Ys

    From a different angle:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qO4pIK1Bg

  11. Rrauben March 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    America not Amerika.

  12. postpunkprometheus July 15, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Is Krampus related to Krumping?  Has anyone cleared this with Krusty the Clown?  You know he’s going to sue, right?  Also where do the Insane Clown Posse fall in this continuum?  Or are they just assholes?

  13. madmonq July 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Is Krampus related to Krumping?  Has anyone cleared this with Krusty the Clown?  You know he’s going to sue, right?  Also where do the Insane Clown Posse fall in this continuum?  Or are they just assholes?

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