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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Slave Jugs

We are studying the 1800s in America. As part of our studies, we studied the slave jug. Although there is no written history of slave jugs, there is some oral history that explains their existence. Slaves were not allowed to have tombstones, so face jugs are believed to have served as their gravemarkers. It is believed that slaves placed personal items on their loved ones' graves along with face jugs. The ugly face on the jug is believed to be a combination of ancestor worship passed down from African ancestors, Carribean voodoo, and Christian belief in the devil. The ugly faces are thought to be an effort to ward off the devil so souls could go to heaven.

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