Père Fouettard: Santa's Sidekick Who Beats Up Kids

 Go ahead, Krampus! If you're bad (or French) meet the whipping father, Pere Fauteard. As one of Santa's many creepy friends, Pere Foetard travels with the Man in Red to deliver violent delight to disobedient children. Known mostly in the northern and eastern regions of France, the whipping father travels across the country on St. Nicholas Day with his whip in hand. The best that a bad kid can expect to get from a whipping father is a lump of coal, and those who are really evil get --- wait for it --- a whip from Santa's sociopathic friend .

The Whipping Father was the Freddie Kruger of his time

Where does such a monster come from? In 10th-century France, stories circulated about an innkeeper, or sometimes a butcher, who kidnapped wealthy boys and drugged, tortured and tortured them before taking their money and cooking their bodies in a stew. killed. In some variations of the story, he hangs his body to dry during the winter months, as everyone knows the rich child tastes better when it is tender. However, nothing escapes the ever-watchful eye of that North Pole overlord, so Santa Claus attacks a child murderer of precarious employment and carries out his brand of Laplandic justice: he resurrects the murderer's victims and Forced the man who would be called Pere invited Foytard to work as his partner.

leather tanners love this guy

There is no clear origin story for the Whipping Father, and while his early life as a child-killing tavern/butcher/amateur cook is all well and good, it is possible that he created Santa Claus in 1552 after the Siege of Metz. started working with , a city in eastern France. The siege was a small part of the Italian War of 1551 in which the French fought thousands of soldiers from the Holy Roman Empire before dragging an effigy of Charles V through the streets. This happened during the Christmas season, and around the same time, a group of tanners came to their profession carrying a scary mascot, armed with a whip and wrapped in chains. His only focus on earth was to punish disobedient children, and how this relates to tanning, we can all agree is best left undisturbed. Somehow, the tenor mascot and the effigy of Charles V blended in with each other, and the resulting abomination became known as Pere Fauteard.

Père Fouettard très is about to look scary

Let's say--hypothetically, of course-- that you've been bad this year. How do you know what to look for? Could the Whipping Father be some old man walking around the block, secretly keeping a whip in his bag? Or is he a hairy, horny demon like Krampus?

Traditionally, he is an old man in a set of dirty robes, but in the hundreds of years since the introduction of the Christmas tale, the Whipping Father has set off a gullible-to-the-butcher's trap to become something more sinister. Gave. The waste of time for Whip Daddy has been ruthless: his hair is rough and long, and his beard is full of tangles suitable for a bird's nest. Dressed in dark clothing, he carries either his trusty whip, a large wand, or a handful of swatches that are sure to leave an impression. Like Krampus, he sometimes wears a woven bag that he uses to steal children. In some illustrations, he is a sort of anti-Santa in a black suit instead of a red one.

Unfortunately, Father Whip has recently been co-opted by European racists who use the character as an excuse to wear blackface throughout the Christmas season, claiming that the character has a "dirty face". Child abuse and kidnapping is one thing, but racism is just a far cry for many Europeans.

Father Flog Comes to America

The tradition of whipping children during the Christmas season eventually came to America in the 1930s, although by this time, the Whipping Father's name had undergone some changes, taking a bite out of his terrifying character. At various points in time, he became known as "Father Flog", which sounds like you might have heard in a dungeon, as well as the snappier but even less fortunate "Spanky".

Father Flog is essentially the same character as Whipping Father, but instead of working with Santa Claus, he travels across the country with Mother Flog, a female spanker who encourages her lover to commit tyrannical and ironic acts. , depending on who they were working with. , For example, if a child was deemed a liar, they cut off his tongue; If a little girl stole, they cut off her hands. Without Santa's "good cop" to balance the horrifying bad of the Whipping Father, he is irrevocably descended on a path of death and destruction.

Should You Be Worried About the Whipping Father?

Unlike Santa or Krampus, the Flog Father does not have an innate sense of morality. He started off bad, only to be whipped into shape by Santa Claus when he got caught killing and eating kids, so yeah, kids, you should worry about Whipping Father. Maybe he's not coming for you this year---it's an awfully long trip from France to most of the world---but you never know when he's going to take a ride on your neck of the woods And that will teach you a thing or two about what it means to end up on the naughty list.

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