At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday, 22 December 2014

SANTA CLAUS AND REINDEER

The Reindeer or Caribou was the last animal to be domesticated and this is thought to have taken place 3000-7000 years ago.  However, we cannot be really certain of this.  We are dealing with times before recorded history.

The Naskapi Indians of Canada believed the Reindeer had a sort of headquarters called Caribou House, surrounded by cast-off antlers.  The Caribou House was the residence of a being called the Caribou Master, a human who had married a doe and been transformed
into a caribou.

The names usually given to Santa's reindeer come from a poem The Night Before Christmas (1823).  Though often ascribed to Clement C. Moore, some doubt remains about the authorship.  In this the deer are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid, Comet, Donner and Blitzen.

The character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was invented by Robert L. May (1901-76).  The song was released by Gene Autry in 1949.

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