Krampus, a sort of anti-Claus, horned beast who stuffs bad children in his sack, brandishes birch branches, rattles chains and spirits away naughty kids to eat them, drown them or take them on a holiday tour of hell. Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels in early December to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.
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On an overcast, cold December morning, a group of congregation members of Oseh Shalom synagogue gathered to watch the first pieces of the temple’s sanctuary be removed as part of a replacement of its iconic translucent dome.
The original dome has outlived its useful life and will be replaced by a new dome made in the same configuration and of the same material, said Barry Nove, facility manager at Oseh Shalom. The removal began Tuesday, Dec. 17, after several delays because of wintry weather.
Watch a time lapse of the removal of the old dome below the photo gallery.
Baltimore Sun photographers strive to capture moments in time that evoke a response from the viewer. Whether you chuckle at the young lad who listens for a superhero message, or you feel the emotional anticipation of a woman due to take her first steps since falling victim to a bombing attack, the photographers give their readers both artistry and story-telling pictures that communicate universal truths; the agony and ecstasy of sports, the style of high fashion, the consoling hug of a caretaker at a homeless shelter. As 2013 comes to a close, take a moment to enjoy these 100 images and the messages they convey.
“Rough Cut” is a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL. This week, photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam and Lloyd Fox photographed the Ravens as they lost to the New England Patriots, 41-7, at M&T Bank Stadium.
The 1747 Manor House at Ladew Gardens, located in Monkton, Md., was recently transformed with a holiday theme of “Christmas Through the Ages.” Garden clubs and volunteers worked to decorate each room to give the lower level of the historic building a festive feel.
The ceiling of London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Hundreds of people were attending the play at the West End theatre. No life threatening injuries occurred but many people were taken to the hospital.
The ‘Step into the Void’ art installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix offers a breathtaking look over the French Alps.