Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years

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McFarland, 1 січ. 1997 р. - 219 стор.
Much of the modern-day vision of Santa Claus is owed to the Clement Moore poem The Night Before Christmas. His description of Saint Nicholas personified the jolly old elf known to millions of children throughout the world.
However, far from being the offshoot of Saint Nicholas of Turkey, Santa Claus is the last of a long line of what scholars call Wild Men who were worshipped in ancient European fertility rites and came to America through Pennsylvania's Germans. This pagan creature is described from prehistoric times through his various forms--Robin Hood, The Fool, Harlequin, Satan and Robin Goodfellow--into today's carnival and Christmas scenes. In this thoroughly researched work, the origins of Santa Claus are found to stretch back over 50,000 years, jolting the foundation of Christian myths about the jolly old elf.
 

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This is a very serious social history book, which I find uninteresting and disorganized. It has little to do with the customs of Christmas or Santa but does trace some of the traits we associate with Santa Claus with what she defines as wild men in historical celebrations. Читати огляд повністю

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Preface
1
His Clothes Were All Tarnished with Ashes and Soot
17
He Was Dressed All in Fur from His Head to His Foot
39
Satan Dons Furs
65
From Pagan to Puck
79
When Out on the Lawn There Arose Such a Clatter
107
On Board the Ship of Fools
123
European GiftGivers
155
The Fairy and the Wild Man
191
Bibliography
207
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