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A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show, the traditional parade where people in costumes and masks perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter, in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 10, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show, the traditional parade where people in costumes and masks perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter, in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 10, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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11 Dec 2016 13:07:00
A person dressed as the Krampus performs during the 9th Krampus meeting show in Serfaus, Tyrol, Austria, 12 November 2016. (Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA)

A person dressed as the Krampus performs during the 9th Krampus meeting show in Serfaus, Tyrol, Austria, 12 November 2016. Several thousand people watched the parade of about 27 artists groups from Austria and South Tyrol, Italy. The Krampus is a folklorical figure who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. (Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA)
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14 Nov 2016 10:02:00
Men dressed as 'Krampuss' prepare to parade at Munich's Christmas market, December 13, 2015. (Photo by Michael Dalder/Reuters)

Men dressed as “Krampuss” prepare to parade at Munich's Christmas market, December 13, 2015. Young single men will wear the traditional attires known as “Krampusse”, consisting of animal skins and masks, with large cow-bells to make loud and frightening noises and parade through the city. They follow “Saint Nicholas” from house to house in December each year to bring luck to the good and punish the idle. (Photo by Michael Dalder/Reuters)
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15 Dec 2015 08:02:00
A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 12, 2015. Each year people in traditional costumes and masks parade through the streets to perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 12, 2015. Each year people in traditional costumes and masks parade through the streets to perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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14 Dec 2015 08:05:00
A reveller wearing a demon costume takes part in the traditional festival of “Correfoc” in Palma de Mallorca, on January 17, 2015. The Correfoc is a night of revelry in which participants dress as demons and devils, and move through the streets scaring people with fire and fireworks. (Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP Photo)

A reveller wearing a demon costume takes part in the traditional festival of “Correfoc” in Palma de Mallorca, on January 17, 2015. The Correfoc is a night of revelry in which participants dress as demons and devils, and move through the streets scaring people with fire and fireworks. (Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP Photo)
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19 Jan 2015 12:51:00
A man dressed in a traditional Perchten costume and mask performs during a Perchten festival in the western Austrian village of Huben November 22, 2014. (Photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

A man dressed in a traditional Perchten costume and mask performs during a Perchten festival in the western Austrian village of Huben November 22, 2014. Each year in November and January people in the western Austria regions dress up in Perchten (also known in some regions as Krampus or Tuifl) costumes and parade through the streets to perform a 1,500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)
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24 Nov 2014 13:50:00
A participant dressed as the Krampus creature pulls a barrel of fire past onlookers during his search for delinquent children in Neustift im Stubaital. (Photo by Sean Gallup)

“Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair”. – Wikipedia. Photo: A participant dressed as the Krampus creature pulls a barrel of fire past onlookers during his search for delinquent children in Neustift im Stubaital. (Photo by Sean Gallup)
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05 Dec 2013 08:29:00
Protesters wearing masks perform during anti-austerity and anti-graft protests in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on January 11, 2013. More than 5,000 Slovenians gathered in the center of Ljubljana on Friday to protest against a corruption scandal that threatens to bring down the government. Slovenia's anti-corruption commission said earlier this week that Prime Minister Janez Jansa had been unable to explain the source of some of his income in recent years. (Photo by Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters /The Atlantic)

Protesters wearing masks perform during anti-austerity and anti-graft protests in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on January 11, 2013. More than 5,000 Slovenians gathered in the center of Ljubljana on Friday to protest against a corruption scandal that threatens to bring down the government. Slovenia's anti-corruption commission said earlier this week that Prime Minister Janez Jansa had been unable to explain the source of some of his income in recent years. (Photo by Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters via The Atlantic)
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05 Apr 2013 08:55:00