Demons with whips & bells scare away evil spirits in Vienna
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Some 80 Perchten and Krampus – demon-like folklore figures with bells and whips – took part in the ‘Run of the Perchten’ in Vienna on Sunday. Krampus and Perchten folklore dates back to pagan times and is still exercised all over Austria and parts of southern Germany. The demons, wearing wooden masks and furs, chase away evil winter spirits and punish those who have acted badly.