Tag Archives: Anthropology

Krampus for the Holiday Season? (Part One)

3 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

You better not pout when a different kind of supernatural force comes to town this holiday season. Some revellers may well encounter the Christmas Devil–aka Krampus! This name is a derivation of the Germanic word krampen (claw) and some may say he’s as old as time. This creature has changed over the years. In the old days of Germany, before the coming of Christianity, children feared the wild and woolly horned beast. Any child known to be misbehaving was whipped with a birch stick (or a swath of) by this monster. Some were even taken away to the underworld never to be seen again. The lucky who were “released” most likely promised to mend their ways.

In later years, he was known to visit villages with Saint Nicholas on Krampus Night (Krampusnacht; Dec 5th)! The good were rewarded by his friend and the bad found sticks of birch left in their shoe (it was a tradition to leave it out on this night). These days, a chance encounter from someone cosplaying as him doesn’t always provoke the same response.

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[VFF2019] Timeline for Homo Sapiens, A Review

24 Aug

Location:
Victoria Event Centre
(Fringe Venue 1)

1415 Broad Street

Remaining Shows:
Aug 25 07:00 pm
Aug 28 05:45 pm
Aug 30 05:00 pm
Aug 31 12:30 pm

It’s rare to find an act in any Fringe Festival that is more educational than it is entertaining. Timeline for Homo Sapiens is billed at a T-Edge talk, an irreverent non-academic intellectual redneck look at prehistory. Freeman the Handyman is a street polymath that looks at the growth of civilization through the lens of an amateur anthropologist, biologist and geologist who loves to talk. All the ideas are worthy of a Travel Channel or DTOUR network special. It’s all about alternative theories exploring how we evolved and arrived to what we are today (and what we are doing to this planet). To be offered material much like how Erich von Däniken posits the development of ancient civilizations is a show I had to check out.

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Examining the Dark before the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, A Movie Review

11 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Planet of the Apes

Those damn dirty apes are at it again. This time, they are going to own the world instead of hide from it in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. When a surviving pocket of humanity not devastated by Simian Flu pandemic needs to reactivate a dam so what’s left of San Francisco can obtain electricity, to see humans and apes clash is inevitable. Strangely, the reason is not necessarily about resource control.

This film series does not need viewers to remember every single detail from its previous film, Rise of … but remembering the key players certainly helps. Rocket the chimpanzee (Terry Notary), returns as Caesar’s right-hand man who is faithful to only him and Maurice the orangutan (Karin Konoval) is the humble monk who is wise to let the conflict play out by not interfering in the inevitable war that’s to come.

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