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Gullah Folklore

I’ve always heard that if you paint your porch ceiling blue it would prevent wasps and birds from building their nests there. Well, experience proves this isn’t true. Then I ran across an article the other day that tells the real story, or is it?
“Painting a porch ceiling blue originated in the American South around 200 years ago, with colors ranging from a light “sky” blue to a greenish-blue. The practice traces back to the Gullah Geechee people, descendants of Central and West African slaves, who were living in the low country of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Gullah folklore explains that ghosts — often referred to as “haints” (and pronounced “haunts”) in the Creole dialect — were unable to cross water. The Gullah Geechee people would paint exterior portions of their homes blue, including porch ceilings, shutters, doors, and window frames, in an effort to repel evil spirits. The “haint blue” color was meant to mimic the water that spirits could not cross. The Gullah tradition of painting porch ceilings blue lives on in many Southern states today, although many people likely don’t know the true story behind it.”
All I can say is, I hope those “haints” don’t go around to my back door, I don’t have a porch ceiling back there.
Word of the week: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
In Verdi: Bible study every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Verdi Community Center.
Verdi-wide garage sale Saturday, November 6, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
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TTFN (ta ta for now),
Gina Huizar

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