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写真 | 2019年 12月 10日 04:05 JST

Devils chase children in eerie Czech Christmas custom

Masked devils march through the village, rattling their chains and clanking bells, going door-to-door to search for badly-behaved children.  


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Masked devils march through the village, rattling their chains and clanking bells, going door-to-door to searcmore

Masked devils march through the village, rattling their chains and clanking bells, going door-to-door to search for badly-behaved children. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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The sinister-looking pre-Christmas tradition in the Czech village of Valasska Polanka is actually a celebration of the 4th-century Saint Nicholas, who appears in costume to soothe the children with sweets.  


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The sinister-looking pre-Christmas tradition in the Czech village of Valasska Polanka is actually a celebratiomore

The sinister-looking pre-Christmas tradition in the Czech village of Valasska Polanka is actually a celebration of the 4th-century Saint Nicholas, who appears in costume to soothe the children with sweets. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Revellers dressed as devils are seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Revellers dressed as devils are seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas pamore

Revellers dressed as devils are seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Chased in the snow by 40 fearsome figures in sheepskin masks, the village youngsters saw it as good fun.  

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Chased in the snow by 40 fearsome figures in sheepskin masks, the village youngsters saw it as good fun. Rmore

Chased in the snow by 40 fearsome figures in sheepskin masks, the village youngsters saw it as good fun. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas pmore

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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"The tradition is beautiful, we enjoy it, we run away from those devils, they chase us, it is awesome," said Vaclav Kozubik a teenager from Valasska Polanka, some 200 miles southeast of the capital Prague.  


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"The tradition is beautiful, we enjoy it, we run away from those devils, they chase us, it is awesome," said Vmore

"The tradition is beautiful, we enjoy it, we run away from those devils, they chase us, it is awesome," said Vaclav Kozubik a teenager from Valasska Polanka, some 200 miles southeast of the capital Prague. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.   REUTERS/David W Cerny

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas pmore

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  
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A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parmore

A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas more

A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  REUTERS/David W Cerny

A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parmore

A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  
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Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas pmore

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny

A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parmore

A reveller dressed as devil is seen in the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  REUTERS/David W Cerny

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas pmore

Revellers dressed as devils walk through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7.  
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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A reveller dressed as devil walks through the village of Valasska Polanka during a traditional Saint Nicholas parade near the town of Vsetin, Czech Republic, December 7. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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