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The pot-bellied cauldron full of delicious things simmering away has a permanent place in folk memory. It appears in a number of legends. In the myths of the Celts, who had hearty appetites, the cauldron of abundance magically provides both inexhaustible food an inexhaustible knowledge. Sinister concoctions, on the other hand, bubble in the cauldrons of witchs or malevolent goddesses. In Chinese legend, the elixir of immortality is made in a tripod cauldron- reminiscent of the Irish sheepskin fixed to its three points. Immortality is often the end to be achieved by drinking the boiled liquids of Greek myth. Medea boiled old Kin Pelias himself, claiming that he would be rejuvenated. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene involving a cauldron.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a memory of your family and cooking.

Art Prompt: Cauldron

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a folktale involving a cauldron.

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