Jack O Lantern Halloween Origins Part # 1
The fall or autumn time of the year is actually my favorite time to enjoy, and the Halloween celebration and it’s jack O lantern pumpkin faces falls within that time frame.
As a little kid, I can recall how my brothers and I, along with a couple other kids in the neighborhood would go out on Halloween night and collect lots of candy. That really is all that any of us ever thought about.
Now, as an adult, because of what I have found out, my entire family chooses to not observe the Halloween celebration any more. I was curious as to where in the world this demons, goblins, skeletons, ghosts, devils, zombies and so on, came from.
The following information is only some of what I found regarding Halloween. Yes, I know, there are many who will choose to continue to observe it, and that is their choice. It’s OK with me, but we, as a family, choose to not do so.
So, if you would like to have a little bit of a background on this celebration, keep reading, you may find it rather interesting. Do with it as you like afterwards, but here is what I found out.
One bit of information I located had to do with a so-called Jack-O-Lantern. Here is the story or actually, the made up story of how it got started.
How It All Began
Many years ago (in Europe or as some would have it…….Ireland) there was a young man named Jack who was always into trouble with his neighbors because of the tricks and pranks that he was constantly pulling on them.
Needless to say, the people living in the area got really tired of it. They were not happy with him. On one particular day, Jack came across Satan the Devil and wanted to pull a prank on him. So he somehow convinced the Devil to climb a tree, he then put a big cross on the tree and according to the story, the Devil was afraid to come down the tree because of the cross.
(By the way, the so-called cross of Christ is a pagan symbol that was around thousands of years before Jesus. It was used to symbolize Nimrod who married his mother and had a baby (the trinity began this way) and then was immortalized with the tau or cross, as we say it. The cross was a way of worshipping Nimrod even after he was long dead.)
Jack And The Devil Up The Tree
Now Jack was a pretty smart young man. He made some type of a bargain with the Devil that had to do with his “soul” when he died. Satan agreed. Jack removed the cross and let the Devil go.
Years later when Jack died, his “soul” was supposed to go to heaven but he was too bad, so off to “hell” he went. Satan had agreed years before that he would not keep Jack’s “soul” in “hell” so he sent him on his way, out into the darkness.
Jack had nothing to do but wander around in the darkness.
After some time, the Devil felt “sorry” for Jack and threw a bit of a red hot coal to him. Jack quickly put the hot coal into a turnip that he carried with him. He cut holes in it so the light would shine through and now he was able to see.
Jack had a lantern of sorts. From this, we get the ‘Lantern of Jack’ or as many people say it, ‘Jack’s Lantern’ or ‘Jack O’ Lantern’ with carved openings in it to allow light to come through.
Gradually this turnip was changed to the use of potatoes, beets, gourds or what ever was handy at the time. Much later, when European settlers moved to the North American continent, they brought their fairy tales and superstitions with them.
Finding that pumpkins were much larger and easier to carve , they used them instead of the more difficult vegetables. Gradually, simple “face” patterns began to be cut into pumpkins.
Until we have what we see today.
How about you? Do you have a thought on this? Leave me a comment below.
But there is much more to this Halloween stuff. Next page is : Part # 2 Day of the Dead Part
Halloween – Jack O’ Lantern – Halloween Devil – Turnip?
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