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This week’s podcast comes from Tales of Mystery and Magic and is a West African folktale. In “The Hunter’s Five Sons,” a hunter goes out into the woods to hunt but does not return. A month after his disappearance, his wife and four of his sons slowly begin to forget about him. Be sure to tune in to see what becomes of the hunter and his family, and read on for a chance to win!

In “The Hunter’s Five Sons,” the father tells his family that “as long as a person is remembered by someone, he is not altogether dead.”  If you could be remembered for only one thing, what would it be? Let us know by sharing a comment, and you will be entered to win a copy of Tales of Mystery and Magic. The contest closes Tuesday, November 1 at midnight EST and Wednesday, November 2 at 5am GMT.

Here are some facts about how different cultures commemorate the dead:

  • In the pre-Christian Gaelic world, a place would be set for the dead at the Samhain feast. This celebration eventually evolved into  Halloween.
  • Catholics have two holy days on which they remember the dead, All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2).
  • During the Nepalese festival Gai Jatra celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September), families that have lost loved ones during the previous year make a construction of bamboo branches, cloth, paper decorations and portraits of the deceased.
  • In Japan, spirits are said to visit their families during a festival in August known as ‘Obon.’ Once the festival is over, paper lanterns are lit and floated down rivers to signal their return to the world of the dead.
  • On the Day of the Dead celebration, Mexicans visit cemeteries and build private altars with the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of departed family members.

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