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

by Phyllis Siefker

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

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.

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

gripping...studies as rich as this are few and far between. Let the kids have their sanitized Santa, when they are a bit older they can scare themselves shitless reading this wonderful, dangerous book --Fortean Times; diligent research.... The excellent study, with many rare illustrations (b/w), will be of great interest to folklorists and other researchers and storytellers --Come-All-Ye.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780786429585
Publication date: 15th January 2007
Author: Phyllis Siefker
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 227 pages
Categories: Sociology: customs & traditions,

About Phyllis Siefker

The late Phyllis Siefker lived in Lawrence, Kansas.

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