Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Does your church use one of these to decorate for Thanksgiving? We did. Even had one up in the chancel. Not anymore though.

The below from Wikipedia:

The cornucopia, (Latin Cornu Copiae), also known in English as the Horn of Plenty, is a symbol of prosperity and affluence, dating back to the 5th century BC.

In Greek mythology, Amalthea raised Zeus on the milk of a goat. In return Zeus gave her the goat's horn. It had the power to give to the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, would be depicted with the horn of plenty. More modern images, such as those used in Thanksgiving murals, depict a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with fruits and vegetables.

In modern depiction, the cornucopia is basically a hollow, curved cone with no bottom. The cone is typically filed with various kinds of festive plastic fruit.


Anonymous said...

Why not use it anymore?

Preachrboy said...

It's not a Christian symbol.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know the origin of the cornucopia. I think we have one behind our altar. I will have pass this on.