Myths, symbolism, and folklore
turkey: For the Indians of North and Central America, it is a symbol of female fertility and masculine virility; it is frequently used as a sacrificial animal in fertility ceremonies. (Herder)
A Thanksgiving-themed entry for your amusement and edification.:)
I won't be around on Thursday or Friday, as I'll be going to my third straight Big Bone game. It's a football rivalry that started during WWII, when San Jose High Academy and Lincoln High School were the only two big high schools in San Jose. (My husband is a teacher at Lincoln).
According to the Lincoln website, "the Big Bone Game continues to be the longest continuous Thanksgiving Day rivalry in California. It is one of the most renowned high school football rivalries in the nation." With 63 years of tradition, I'd say so! Lincoln has kicked bootay for the last 6 (or 7?) games, and they'd better keep it going tomorrow. Here's a fun flash the SJ Mercury News did on last year's game.
They play over at SJ City College, and we'll get home in time for us to shove the turkey in the oven and then watch some more football on TV :)
So. All that to say, Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S. I am so thankful for your curiosity, camaraderie, and sense of fun. These here intarwebs can be a really screwed up place sometimes, and sometimes - well, they can be magic.