Straight out of the Norse hell, the returning Geggamoja summons the remnant spirit of old days in her Krampusology. Bardo #13 of our podcast 420µHz has its vibration set to a minimum 148DBPM, which seems to be the only way of travel from surface to underworld.
“Just imagine what some neck bling, evil and evolution can conjure up. Well, fast forward a couple of thousand of years and its back with a vengeance in the European heartland making the human race pay.”
Geggamoja, Geggamoja, Geggamoja… this will have consequences, but its the only way to start introducing and eventually fulfil this set. As she transmutes from Kalinath into this other thing, I give you the supporting character of this episode’s tale. Beware, here he comes in chains, rattle, ring, kling, ding.
As every culture have their own traditions full of superstition, mythology and folklore. Filled with mortals and heroes. Espeacially, not to mention the addition of foes, villains, monsters, deamons, boogie men, and, well, in this case a mixture of them all.
Well, like in Geggamoja’s last 420µHz appearance, again it is time to direct your attention and cast a shadow on a darker character of one of these traditions. A special someone who only come to life when children need to be reminded of consequences, to fear punishment or when it is necessary to scare some maners into them.
You may say, a boogieman story does not work today. I reply, this creature does not live in your closet or creep under your bed. Though as legend has it, this thing is born, bred and straight out of hell.
Grandson Of Loki, Son of Hel
Have you ever heard of Hel, the Norse goddess of death and daughter of trickster God Loki? Family counselling is needed here, I hope you can tell. Moreover, it is said that she had a son named Krampus. Therefore, the declaration, that he is the “son of Hel”.
No, no rime was initially intended, but it would make a hell of a start for a spell.
In this version, our Krampus is not related to Hel, but he has a hell of a story to tell.
Ok, I swear that was the last one. At least I will try.
Anyways, moving along. This tall, dark-haired and horny Krampus comes with a long split tongue and sharp fangs. He’s got cloven hooves for feet, along with a body of half-goat, half demon. Similarly to Bathomet, but creepier, more macabre and monstrous looking.
I’m not trying to pump up his evilness’ grim looks here. Afterall, only glimpses were caught in th golden days, of the beast moving away with something resembling a large sack. In other words, this is how the combined folklore is describing this creature.
Looks aside, important to realise is that, todays Krampus recognition and historical occurrence is mainly centered in German speaking regions and not in Norse myth-laden Scandinavia. So maybe it is better to seek in history than in folklore to get a grip around this character.
As a matter of fact, on a second note, there is a very similar Norther European tradition. Namely the Scandinavian Yule Goat, which is a bit more family friendly.
The mere fact that this Krampus resembles, at least in part, the Scandinavian Yule Goat, makes me think that there is more to this godly lineage, than can be dispelled as pure folklore.
Apparently it is said that, the Norse reverence for goats have been linked to the worship of Thor and not to any evil breed of Aasgaard. Important to clarify here is the dynamics of the Norse drama. Thor on one hand is regarded to be on the side of the good. Loki on the other hand, seem to be more of a confusing trickster character with his own agenda of neither bad or good.
Hence for the sake of argument in regards to the Norse lineage of Krampus, The closest relationship Loki would have to Thor would be that of what Hollywood partially might have sold it to you to be. That is as an adopted brother, which is not mentioned anywhere in any sagas.
What I am getting at here is if we either follow the Norse-goat thread it looks like the lineage thing leads to goody two shoes Thor more than to Mr. Grim. While, contrarily, a Loki lineage would have a darkishly more awesome spin to this whole story. One which I don’t seem to find any support for.
No Goat Clones
Despite the fact that the Norse lineage is dispelled, I have to take a closer look at the why to the similarities for our Germanic Krampus and the pagan Norse Yulegoat. As the sameness is far too great to throw aside. An origin that may strengthen the case for darker tones in regards the true nature of this myth.
Both seem to carry sacks, chains, bells and on occation are accompanied by a more jolly fella. In addition, they seem to be drawn to kids in the month of December.
In view of those traits they are not far off from each other, and I pretty much lean towards that they are one and the same in fact. Never the less, there are some main character differences that set them apart.
One likes to give, and that from a bag. While the other like to grab, and that, into the bag.
Yes you guessed it. Gifts for kids and kids into bags.
One accompanies to assist the jolly fat man and the other comes to punish.
Same Goat Two Names?
So how are they the same if their behaviour are like day and night? And why should we lean towards the more sinister origin of this character?
Well the following is one interpretation of what might have been. May I sugest that they are initially two different myths merged into one.
Records tell that, the Krampus version of this character was so prevalent in the heart of catholic Europe, that something had to be done about it. After all, this character was far too reminiscent of satan, and naturally the church its objections to that. Especially around the time of the celebration of their own superhero.
Regardless, the many failed attempts to prohibit and persecute. Even as recent as in the 20th century, the goated tradition had eventually to be accepted. Rather assimilated, I would say. Because the church did still have a final say in what form that would be.
The Krampus myth had now changed from a character who’s sole and cruel-some mission; of terrorising naughty and disobedient children by lashing them with slim-like-metal-antennas birch branches right before stuffing them into his sack to tug them down to the darkest tunnels of the hellish underworld. There he kept them to be tormented or to be eaten, but most often both.
Obviously the church would have none of that. So Krampus was exchanged and the peaceful Yulegoat of Thor took its place and it was consequently demoted to assistant of a saint named Nick.
Back With A Vengance
Let’s leave the Yulegoat thread and investigate further where this scariness might have originated from instead.
In ancient Syria some 5000 year ago. In preparation of a King’s wedding, A goat was ceremonially let lose into the wild with a silver chain around its neck. This was done with the belief it would carry out the evil with it.
Just imagine what some neck bling, evil and evolution can conjure up. Well, fast forward a couple of thousand of years and its back with a vengeance in the European heartland making the human race pay.
Surely you can see how the church would object to the observance of such a creature in true or mythical form. Hence the adoption of the postcard friendly Yulegoat, wherever its origin may be.
Never the less, somehow traditions persevered. The balance of dark and light have to be maintained. Still to this day, twigs are given to kids on christmas to remind them that they haven’t lived up to an ideal. And still lives, this story and a celebration of a demon goat in rattling chains who will come and get you kids if you don’t obey.
Presenting The 420µHz Bardo #13
Unfortunately, as stated, very little can be shared about the witch that stirs in the kettle for this episode. More on the other hand, can be said for the music that Geggamoja curates and blends. Actually, with this in mind, this surely reveals quite a deal about her.
Geggamoja’s last set took you on a bouncy forest trail with releases ranging from 2003 up until 2020. A demonstration of what that particular style of forest psy has to bring. In Krampusology she continues to portray the forest genre, but takes it into the realm of the dark and twisted.
Here she channels the concept of DBPM (Dark Beats Per Minute) in the range of 148 to 160.
This way you will get an exclusive invitation to what forest-psy sounds like. Definitely a look into her musical mind.
Finally, we get to the set itself and with no further delay here is Bardo #13 of our 420µHz podcast – Krampusology
…and as always remember to relax, smile, and be nice to goats for goodness sake.
At the moment, me and the WF420 team have decided for occult reasons not to feature any info about Geggamoja.
Just mentioning her name here three times in a row is bad enough. But for the curious ones, stay around and keep your eyes and ears open for future episodes with her tag. Perhaps until then we might have reached a compromise. Possibly through some voodoo diplomacy or sacrificial rite. Then we will be able divulge some info about this dreaded one.
In the meanwhile if you’re interested in what’s dwelling in Geggamoja’s psy-realm, then check out the Spotify playlists A Tale Of Forest, A Dark Psy Saga and A Hitech Story ૐ which are compiled by Kalinath herself.
Reaching Out To Geggamoja
For bookings and to contact the artist Gaggamoja or his other project Kalinath, she can be reached through:
A special thanks go out to Gardener for delivering the graphic art for this 420µHz episode.
If you liked this set and would like to hear more dark twists from the forest psy-scene, then head on over to Geggamoja Dives Down A Jackalope Hole For Bardo #6