Saturday, October 31, 2009

The devil and the horse shoe

Since it is o'hallows eve I thought I should share a little story with you.
I am sure each and every one of you have seen an old horse shoe hanging over the door. Do you know why we hang horseshoes over the door? For good luck right? Well that isn't the original reason behind it.
My mothers best friend was a farrier and gave me this story of the devil and the horseshoe when I was very little. According to her it is out of a a 1912 horseshoers journal. The legend however originated in Germany. I hope on this day my mothers friend is watching down on all the trick or treaters. Halloween was her favorite day of the year.


Many, many years ago, in a little German village a blacksmith was hard at work. The sounds of the anvil attracted the attention of the devil. He saw the man making horse shoes and thought getting his own hooves shod would be a good idea. The devil struck a deal with the man and put his foot up. But the blacksmith knew right away who he was dealing with and so he nailed a red hot shoe square into the devils hoof. The devil paid the man and left but the blacksmith was honest; he cast the money into the fire knowing it would bring him bad luck.
The devil left the forge walking a long distance. Soon he began to suffer in agony from the shoes. The more the devil danced, pranced, kicked, swore and played tricks on people the more torture he endured from the shoes. After going through the most painful agony he had ever imagined, the devil tore the shoes off and threw them away.
From that moment to this whenever the devil sees a horseshoe he runs in the opposite direction; eager to keep away from the torturous devices.
German peasants remember this legend and because of it you will scarcely find a doorway or barn that does ot have a horseshoe nailed above it.
Of course horse shoes to keep in the good luck if kept upright. To hang a horseshoe upside down you made all the luck fall out!

So on this halloween hang horseshoes above your doors and in your barns for you never know which ghoul, goblin or little demon might be making their ways onto your doorstep ;)

Have a happy halloween and stick around to see tomorrows spooookkkkyyy Sunday stills post.

6 comments:

Desert Rose said...

Oh what a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with all of us, I am sure we will all be hanging a horseshoe up over our barn doors tonight!!!

Jo said...

wow, thats kool. The whole time I was reading I was thinking of "The devil went down to georgia" by charles daniels.

Carroll Farm said...

That is an awesome story! I have never heard it before. Thank you for sharing it.

Oh, I got my dreamcatcher! I LOVE IT and it matches my house perfect!!

mrscravitz said...

Loved the story! Thank you! I never knew.

Ed said...

Great story, but the Jaws theme??? Where is The Devil went down to Georgia by CDB? or Dead mans Party by Oingo Boingo. :-)))
Happay Halloween..Ed

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