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Old 11-28-2004, 05:47 PM
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Update on Gingerbread Man origin?

I read a posting dated 2001 May 2 regarding the origin of the gingerbread man. I couldn't access the comments if there were any. Is there any additional information out there regarding where it all got started? I've been looking for days and cannot find a thing. Thanks for helping me out.
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Old 11-28-2004, 06:09 PM
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I think you're referring to the Staff Report What's the origin of the gingerbread man?.
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Old 11-28-2004, 06:24 PM
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Since this one IS about a staff report, let's move it over there. I'm sure posters will be along to tell you if there have been other threads about Dex's column. I couldn't find any.

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Old 11-28-2004, 09:52 PM
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Hm. I thought there had been a thread with some additional comments, but I can't find it either.

Basically, no, there's been no update since that Staff Report first appeared.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:27 AM
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The Grantham connexion appears to be, not the gingerbread man, but Grantham Gingerbread, a somewhat off-the-main-line formulation served as (en-US) cookies (en-GB) biscuits, said to have been invented by accident in the 1740s.
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:27 PM
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Gingerbread man

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The most likely origins of the gingerbread man was from the old Pagan beliefs. They believed that when people died throughout the year their bodies died but their spirits floated around until the end of the year and at that time death came and collected all the dead people and took them away. This was the Winter solstice time. Then people were scared that when death came to get the dead souls it might take them by mistake or take a loved one. They were also scared that they themselves may have died during the past year and just didn't know it and so death was coming to take them away. This is also the origins of Halloween when these paranoid people would dress up it costumes in an atempt to hide from death so it wouldn't recognize them and they would be passed over for another year, and get to live. They went even further to believe that death didn't come for specific people, it just came to get a set number of souls. So they started thinking that if someone else died in their place that would be cool. So they went around and captured all the theives, unwanted, poor, slaves they could find and killed them. That way death would be busy taking all the unwanted away and leave the "good" people to live. The Druids put all these people in a wooden cage and burned them alive. But the Pagans used to hang people in trees so that it would be easy for death to swoop by and pick them up. I don't know if they killed the people first and then hung them in trees, or if they were hung alive. Anyway, if no bad people could be found, they would use an animal like a pig or sheep and hope that death would be satisfied by that. So then German's used to feel that winter was a bad time since everything died, so the one thing that didn't die was a fur tree, so they cut down the fir tree and put it inside their homes. That was to remind them of life and that everything around them was not dead. So then they made gingerbread men to hang on the tree to symbolize what they used to do with people. It was believed that the ginger spice was good at warding off evil. That way if you had a living tree in your home with spicy symbols of sacrified souls on it that would make sure that death would steer clear of your house. All this evolved into our mordern day Christmas celebrations when whe make gingerbread houses and gingerbreadmen and still hang them on the tree at Christmas. It is true but you probably don't believe it.
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:40 PM
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And have you any citation for this besides the Book of Wiccan Woo-woo? (By the way, Druids were pagans.)
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:48 PM
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sorry I didn't know I needed a citation. I didn't say I was an expert on Pagans. I thought there were different types of Pagans depending where they came from. I thought the Druid Pagans were from England and were slightly different from the German Pagans. Of course I could be wrong. I don't know why your critizize me I was just trying to help answer a question.
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Old 12-22-2004, 06:49 PM
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sorry I didn't know I needed a citation. Of course I could be wrong. I don't know why your critizize me I was just trying to help answer a question.
We'd just like to know where you got your information. That would help us decide if it's something that is backed up by facts, or just someone's opinion.
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Old 12-23-2004, 11:15 AM
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We'd like to update it, but first we got to CATCH it.

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Old 12-23-2004, 11:15 AM
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Old 12-24-2004, 02:07 AM
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Old 12-24-2004, 05:30 AM
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:17 AM
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Old 12-24-2004, 12:40 PM
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Sure, but you said the same thing that time we saw you bending steel girders into pretzels.
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