A member of the Koatlacker devil's association, or Koatlacker Tuifl, dressed as a demonic creature, takes part in a procession in Prad near Merano, Italy. The centuries-old tradition, which involves elaborate masks and costumes, sees the demons accompany St. Nicholas when he visits little children to determine who has been good or bad. It is still practiced in the Alpine areas of southern Germany and parts of northern Italy and Austria, often the night before St. Nicholas is honored in the region on Dec. 6. In Germany the creatures are known as Knecht Ruprecht, while in Bavaria and Austria they are called Krampus.
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