Gourd Lore and History

Gourds were domesticated by men over 10,000 years ago.  The gourds provided dry storage, eating utensils, liquid containers, flotation devices, musical instruments, and art objects.  Every place that man traveled, they carried gourds with them.  Gourds were so much a part of early civilizations that they became part of numerous creation stories.  Even today gourds are considered mystical objects in some parts of the world.  

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Click on the links below to read the gourd story.


Africa 


North & South America

The Drinking Gourd, a Gourd of Hope

Can you spare a Gourde?

Gourd Dance Honoring Veterans

Gourd Home - Purple Martins

Gourd Water Drum

Oaxacan Gourds and Carving

Percy Medina, A Story to Tell



Asia

Lord of the Gourd

Charming Gourds - Lucky 8 

Chinese Molded Gourds



Europe and other

Ghoulish Gourd: The Blood of Louis XVI

Gourd Snuff
 



Gourd Sounds
Gourd Strings
Flutes
Magic Elixar
Magic Gourd
Tupperware, Canteens, and Flasks
Double Dip
Triple Moonlight
Crickets and art
Gourd High?
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