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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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BrandyBaby22

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
    shannonsmom555

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

  • sounds stupid...you wouldnt have to eat gingerbread men anyways..you could just eat gingerbread
    shay1130

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

  • i guess if you are vegan you shouldnt eat chocolate easter bunnies.
    shay1130

    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.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingerbread_men
    http://www.fergusonplarre.com.au/History/Gingerbread-Men.html

    You could always ask straight dope. They seem to be able to find the answers no one else can.
    http://www.straightdope.com/
    kuriequinn

    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.

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1912/whats-the-origin-of-the-gingerbread-man
    kuriequinn

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

  • LOL. That's pretty funny! Never heard that before.
    heathermarie32

    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.
    Bmat

    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)
    ..Sarah..

    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
    blue_glass_mama

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

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