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Perchta is known all around the German speaking world and neighboring areas. She is sometimes seen as a beautiful lady in white, and sometimes seen as a hideous monster. Perchta also goes by many names. As Holle she is also known as Holda, Hulda. Perchta is sometimes called Berchta, Bertha, and many other variants.

The Lost Female Figures of Christmas - Part II

Lost female figures of Christmas - Perchta Like so many of the figures discussed before, Perchta is multifaceted. She is considered to be related to, or even another form of the goddess Holle

Kertasníkir, the 13th Icelandic Yule Lad, follows children around to steal their Christmas candles, which he then eats.

Kertasníkir, the 13th Icelandic Yule Lad, follows children around to steal their Christmas candles, which he then eats.

The mystery, origins and history of the strange Icelandic Yule lads

One of the things that makes Christmas in Iceland very different from most other Western countries is the absence of a Santa Claus: In his place we have 13 Yule lads.

Meet Iceland’s 13 Santa Clauses – The Yule Lads – Iceland Wonder

Meet Iceland’s 13 Santa Clauses – The Yule Lads – Iceland Wonder

The Christmas Cat of Iceland - a giant terrifying cat that gobbles up children if they're bad.

The Christmas Cat of Iceland - a giant terrifying cat that gobbles up children if they're bad

Grýla - Yule Lads Mother - the ogre mother of the Icelandic "Yule Lads"

Bad Santas! The Icelandic Yule lads are descended from cannibalistic trolls and they steal food from the mouth of babes and terrorize children. More on those bad boys of Christmas on http://stuckiniceland.com/history/bad-santas-the-deviants-at-the-heart-of-icelandic-christmas/

Bjúgnakrækir / Sausage-Swiper Would hide in the rafters and snatch sausages that were being smoked.

Have a Very Happy Holiday and Be Good… | Community Post: The 13 Horrifying Christmas Trolls Of Iceland-MOTHER of all of the TROLLS!

The 13 Horrifying Christmas Trolls Of Iceland

Or Gryla - Mother of all Yule lad Iceland Chritmas Trolls Arrives on Dec. 25 Will abduct you if your not happy on Christmas.

The Lady of the Mountain is the national personification of Iceland.  She was first depicted in 1752 and is considered to represent all that is genuinely and purely Icelandic, as well as the Icelanders’ wish to become an independent nation.     In Icelandic, the Lady of the Mountain is called Fjallkonan, which is also the name of Iceland’s women’s history project.  Since 1924, Fjallkonan has made an annual appearance in North America as part of Manitoba’s Icelandi

nordic-drifter: “ The Lady of the Mountain is the national personification of Iceland. She was first depicted in 1752 and is considered to represent all that is genuinely and purely Icelandic, as well.

The Perchta is a mythological figure. It appears between Christmas and the day of the Three Kings, January 6th, also known under the name Perchtag. Name means: The Shining, the Shining. It is both kind and bringing joy, as well as a feared bogeyman. "Be quiet, or the wild Bertha is coming!" In the days between Christmas and Perchtag she holds on a golden carriage to move. She will be accompanied by the souls of people not born...the Perchta is also regarded as a goddess of agriculture.

Frau Perchta (Wild Berta, Bildaberta, Hildaberta, Iron Berta, Frau Holle etc)…

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Freya the Goddess of Love (but also associated with sex, lust, beauty, gold, and health) had her chariot pulled by cats.

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The Yule Lads originate from Icelandic folklore. Each individual Lad ranging from mere pranksters to homicidal monsters who eat children. The Yule lads are said to "come to town" during the last 13 nights before Jul.

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