over 10,000 years ago
There is a belief that shaman leaders and Winter Solstice celebrations of tribes long ago were the roots of future Santas &Christmas traditions. Among his tribal duties at Winter Solstice, a shaman was required to return the sun, (with a bit of magic!); punish the bad & reward the good; and lead celebrations with feasting and gift giving in honour of/or to appease the many pagan gods. Christianity redirected some of these rituals to honour the belief in one God.
16" (40 cm) - $225
Some characters who may be considered descendants of early shamans would be: Germany’s scary ‘Knecht Ruprecht’; and ‘Pelznickel’; and ‘La Befana’, the beloved Christmas witch of Italian households.
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