I decided to add to my collection of darker yuletide folklore cards, to go with the Yule Cat and made:
|linocut Krampus card by Ele Willoughby, 2021|
|linocut Mari Lwyd card by Ele Willoughby, 2021|
The name Mari Lwyd (pronounced "lood") might come from Holy Mary or grey mare. The source of the tradition is debated but can be linked to various British hooded animal traditions.
|linocut Joulupukki, or the Yule Goat, card by Ele Willoughby, 2021|
|linocut Perchta card by Ele Willoughby, 2021|
Some legends associate her with the Wild Hunt, and claim she rides through the night sky with her Perchten.
In contemporary alpine festivals she is accompanied by an entourage, the Perchten, either beautiful and bright Schönperchten who bring luck or ugly Schiachperchten with fangs, tusks and horse tails (resembling Krampus) who are supposed to drive out ghosts and demons. She is viewed as the one who rewards generosity and punishes bad behaviour.