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Gingerbread men and cannibalism?

I know this is going to sound a little crazy but a couple of days ago I was talking to someone and the topic of gingerbread came up. Well, the person I was talking to said they stay away from eating them because of what they symbolize. She said that gingerbread men came about because way back when, when a certain group of cannibals stopped eating people they made cookies to look like men to celebrate cannibalism. I thought this was crazy, so I tried looking it up and nowhere have I found this to be true. Has anyone ever heard of this or knows anything like this to be true? I am seriously asking.

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Asked by BrandyBaby22 at 8:43 AM on Jul. 14, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • i have never heard that story before but it does make some since because of how the story goes i hope u get the answer u r looking for

    Answer by shannonsmom555 at 8:49 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • sounds wouldnt have to eat gingerbread men could just eat gingerbread

    Answer by shay1130 at 8:50 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • i guess if you are vegan you shouldnt eat chocolate easter bunnies.

    Answer by shay1130 at 8:51 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I haven't heard that story. I would ask her where did she hear the story.

    You could always ask straight dope. They seem to be able to find the answers no one else can.

    Answer by kuriequinn at 9:04 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Though some one did ask the origin of Gingerbread men and this is what they got.

    Answer by kuriequinn at 9:05 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • LOL. That's pretty funny! Never heard that before.

    Answer by heathermarie32 at 9:10 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • The cannibal story sounds like something a dad or mom might make up as a fun story to tell a child. I suspect that gingerbread cookies in general have no relationship to the object of the shape other than decoration- a tree shaped cookie isn't to represent someone actually eating a tree, a cane shaped cookie doesn't indicate that the person is consuming a cane, a sock shaped cookie doesn't stand in for a person eating a sock.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:12 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • It's (supposedly) originates with Queen Elizabeth. It think anyone can tell a tall tale... and that sounds like you were told one. :o)

    Answer by ..Sarah.. at 9:21 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • no but, I feel bad when I bite into a chocolate bunny or a gingerbread person

    Answer by blue_glass_mama at 10:32 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

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