Today's Wonder of the World is...The Cornucopia!
Flickr photo by periwinkledaze
Do you have a cornucopia at your house? My mother always had one on the table during the Thanksgiving season, filled with nuts or gourds.
I never thought much about the Horn of Plenty back then, but it sure did get around.
It was even on our state seal.
And when I took trips, I saw it there too.
Even the Californians loved it.
And here it is on the crest of Peru!
A French cornucopia is called une corne d'abondance.
So where did all these cornucopias come from?
Never fear, dear readers. I did a little investigating and I found quite the dramatic story for you.
It involves Zeus and a goat! What could be better than that?
Flickr photo by amysahba
No, not a goat named Zeus. Though he is sort of cute. If you're a girl goat.
No, I'm talking about this Zeus...
Flickr photo by Wonders
You know, Zeus, king of the Greek gods? Zeus didn't always look so old and grumpy. No, at one time he was just a little boy god. And he had a buddy, Amalthea, who just happened to be a goat.
Flickr photo by Vita Aerovita
Yes! Like that one.
Well, one day they were roughhousing, like little boy gods do, and naughty Zeus accidentally broke off one of Amalthea's horns. It turned Amalthea into one of these...
Zeus felt terrible and gave back the horn, which now was imbued with supernatural powers. Whomever held the horn could have whatever he wanted. It was the Horn of Plenty, after all!
Here's a cornucopia in a mosaic dated from 500-550 AD.
Flickr photo by ggnyc
You can find it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If I had Zeus's cornucopia, I think I'd wish for this cake.
Flickr photo by handymama
Yes, it's a cornucopia--a pumpkin spice cake cornucopia, with cream cheese icing! Lordy, Lordy!
Maybe with Thanksgiving just tomorrow, I should ask for something more low cal.
Like this cornucopia with felted veggies that I found here.
Photo by BearCreekDesign.etsy.com
Beautiful! And full of fiber!
Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
I count you all amongst my most special blessings!