The U.S. is one of the only places that only encourages a “Good Santa.” World-wide, parents teach children that there are evil deities watching them, too.
Another of today’s Christmas staples, “Santa Claus,” is a conglomeration of “St. Nicholas,” the characters in Odin’s tales, and tradition.
What are the origins of Snowmen? The odd round snow sculptures aren’t associated with a religious message, but remain a fixture during the winter holidays.
Christmas gifts are another staple of the Holiday Season – why do we spend huge sums of money every year on wrapping material objects in paper and bows?
The Western European Tribes, and associated cultures, have assimilated African and Roman traditions into Christian rituals involving evergreens and gifts.
Early religious scholars viewed beliefs by other civilizations as childlike and primitive. How has ethnography changed since the days of Edward Tylor?