The Devil has often been portrayed in Christian narrative as a malicious trickster, delighting in trapping his victins in the fiery pits of Hell, eternally tormenting them without mercy. But apart from being a nightmarish figure striking terror, in some tales he’s also foolish and naive in a most charming and funny fashion. The following blog post offers us such a humorous story.
This All Hallow’s Read is a re-telling of an Irish folktale for Enchanted Conversation Magazine, by zteve t evans, published as ALL HALLOW’S READ – Stingy Jack: The Man Who Stole the Devil’s Wallet, 14th October 2019. It tells of the infamous, Stingy Jack, (also known as Jack the Smith, Flaky Jack, or Jack of the Lantern)- a character associated with Halloween. The pumpkin jack-o-lantern may have derived from this colorful character and his interaction with the Prince of Darkness.
Way back in old Ireland several centuries ago, there was a well known character in many towns and villages across the country known as Stingy Jack. He had a silver tongue and could be very persuasive and charming yet was unquestionably a drunkard, trickster, blaggard and a man of all round devious character.
According to legend, the Devil heard all about Jack’s tricks and deviousness and decided…
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