I chose a picture from Allison Blakely’s book Blacks in the Dutch World. One folklore that stood out to be in particular was that of Black Pete. Black Pete or Zwarte Piet is a part of the Dutch tradition of Christmas “fusing pagan and Christian” strains created from race related pagan ideology. Black Pete was a character in the Sinterklaas tradition where Black Pete represented a boogeyman figure. In pagan tradition anything associated with darkness was negative and scary figure meant for punishment. In the image above you can see Black Pete on the left side of the painting behind St. Nicholas. Black Pete is looming in the shadows. Interestingly, Blakely notes that any intention for the tradition of Zwarte Piet to not be racist or related to a chimney sweeping is unconvincing. Moreover, in Dutch pagan-Christian culture blackness and darkness was associated with Satan and whiteness with purity.