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What Is Yule Goat: History Of Yule Goat Tradition

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The concept of the Yule Goat has a lot of history and tradition attached to it. Here is a brief. 


 


The Yule Goat is a part of the Northern European and Scandinavian christmas celebrations and is a goat figure made from straw. The Yule Goat, represents the goat slaughtering tradition that was part of the Pagan celebration during the Yule festival. This Pagan festival of course, dates back to the pre Christian era, and has a connection with the Greek God Thor, who is believed to have ridden in Chariots drawn by goats. During a feast for the Gods, these goats were slaughtered and cooked, but later brought back to life. 


 


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Diffirent countries associate diffirent things with the goat. In Finland, they believe that the goat is a Satan equal, who scares children, in the Christain era, this connotation changed and the goat was thought of as a bringer of gifts. Every year a family member dressed up as a goat, sort of like an earlier Santa representation. The Scandinavians belived that his invisible goat comes checking on the yule preparations made. In Sweden, a person dressed like the Yule goat was mock-sacrificed, and later resurructed. 


 


And the spirit lives on!


Today, the Yule Goat is more of a Christmas ornament, made of wood or straw. It is part of tradition to leave it in a neighbour's house, unnoticed. That person, upon discovering the Yule Goat, has to get rid of it the same way. Another version of the celebration includes, setting fire to these Yule Goats. This is of course done illegally.


 


Though the celebrations differ and the connotations vary, the Yule Goat represents the same holiday spirit. One that has been around for a long long time!


 

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