Sunday, October 30, 2005

Soul Cake and Fruit Stall - Free offerings

The origin of Trick or Treat began in Old England with doorknocking for cakes, in return for which the doorknocker would issue a prayer for a lost soul of their household on All Hallows Eve.

Here is what the doorknockers used to recite or sing, as they wandered the streets, from a fascinating website containing the traditions:

"A soul cake, a soul cake, have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake!"
Then it became more produce oriented:
"Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven't an apple,
a pear will do,
One for Peter,
two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all."


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