By Cindy Ott
Why accomplish that many american citizens force for miles every one autumn to shop for a vegetable that they're not going to devour? whereas most folk world wide consume pumpkin all year long, North american citizens put it aside for vacation pies and different truffles that remember the harvest season and the agricultural previous. They beautify their homes with pumpkins each autumn and welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters with elaborately carved jack-o'-lanterns. cities carry annual pumpkin fairs that includes enormous pumpkins and carving contests, although few have any historical ties to the crop.
In this interesting cultural and usual heritage, Cindy Ott tells the tale of the pumpkin. starting with the parable of the 1st Thanksgiving, she indicates how americans have used the pumpkin to fulfull their wish to continue connections to nature and to the relatives farm of lore, and, satirically, how small farms and rural groups were revitalized within the method. And whereas the pumpkin has encouraged American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has replaced as a result methods humans have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a great and energetic examine of the deep meanings hidden in universal issues and their strength to make profound alterations on this planet round us.
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100 What made the pumpkin a medical antidote for “immoderate lust,” an icon of fecundity in Italian frescos, a symbol of rusticity in Dutch genre paintings, and a sign of dimwittedness in Shakespeare’s plays was not only its natural attributes and its uses in Europe but also its Americanness ties—its cultural associations. After no more than a handful of Europeans had set foot on North American soil, they seized on the pumpkin as the continent’s emblem. It symbolized both the natural wonders of the continent and its perceived primitiveness, because the pumpkin was prolific, unwieldy, and used by Indians.
The English festival Harvest Home was a more likely progenitor of the Pilgrims’ event than Thanksgiving, although the chroniclers of the first Plymouth celebration made no mention of the customary Harvest Home parade and effigy figures. Pious Pilgrims might have deemed these rituals too pagan and sacrilegious to include in their event because of their preChristian roots. The Hebrew harvest festival known as Succot, or Festival of the Tabernacle, as described in the Pilgrims’ well-worn Bibles, also might have been their inspiration.
7 The Pilgrims—and the Indians, judging from Winslow’s and Bradford’s comments—had something to celebrate when the settlers produced their first successful harvest in the autumn of 1621. Although most “The Times Wherein Old Pompion Was a Saint” = 33 Americans commemorate the festivities as the first Thanksgiving in the land, the Pilgrims themselves would not have considered the occasion a Thanksgiving Day at all. Instead, they thought of the feasting and games as a harvest fête, and the antithesis of the way they observed Thanksgiving Day.