Black Santa

The Black Santa urban legend is said to have reached Japanese shores from Germany. When you think of Santa, you probably see a man with a white beard in a white suit, riding a sleigh drawn by reindeer with a sack full of presents for children, right? But Black Santa is the entire opposite of this. He somewhat resembles a namahage and is said to visit the houses of naughty children on Christmas Day.

“If you keep doing naughty things,” he says, “Then next year something terrible will happen to you!”

Before he leaves, he spreads pig’s blood and entrails all around the child’s room. Sometimes he might even kidnap the child and put them in his large white sack.

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