Fwd: The Native contribution to Halloweeen
- From Larry Kibby
Did You Know....
That...The carved Jack-o'-lantern beloved of all children dates back to medieval Ireland. The legend involves an Irishman named Jack who was too stingy to go to heaven and too mischievous to go to hell. Jack had to wander the Earth until Judgment Day with a lantern made from a hollowed-out turnip with a live coal inside. Children started making these lanterns on Halloween (an ancient holiday of its own), and in the New World they switched from turnips to pumpkins.
(Pumpkins are a Native crop - from south and east of us here in Northern CA - introduced to the rest of the world after 1492. H.)
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