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Jack O Lantern by GENZOMAN Jack O Lantern by GENZOMAN
A old ilustrtion i made for myl TCG, but i think this guy fits whit this day... :)

well, happy halloween to all!


An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn't get down. Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil's pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Another version of the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both myths, Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-Lantern.

The Jack of lantern was also thought to be the ghosts of unrightous men who mis-led travlers into marshes and moor.

Despite the colourful legends, the term jack-o'-lantern originally meant a night watchman, or man with a lantern, with the earliest known use in the mid-17th century; and later, meaning an ignis fatuus or will-o'-the-wisp. In Newfoundland and Labrador, both names "Jacky Lantern" and "Jack the Lantern" refer to the will-o'-the-wisp concept rather than the pumpkin carving aspect.
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spiderxand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Terrifying. Hey. Who do you think would win? Jack or Samhain?
ZOzoZelzo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
dang. this is pretty nice.
Fist-of-doom Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Jack doesn't get enough attention
Fried-Ricer-Man Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student
I love the urban legend about Jack he actually doesn't get that much attention the only times I saw were in Billy And Mandy's Jacked Up Halloween and in a episode of a horror anthology show I can't remember the name of...
Alayakazam Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello. This is amazing art. Because of this I would like to tell you that someone has been claiming it as their own.… in this group there is a person who said that this was theirs. I am a fellow artist and I would not want my art stolen. So I am telling you this c:
Pineapplez12 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is old, but you the real mvp
Alpha-Eclipse Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
happy hallows eve <3
Gei-Creator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
creepy Heart
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Someone used your image for a D&D prestige class, a scary/good one at that.
Xyrea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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