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memory-jug. (Spirit jug, many names).Experts trace their roots back to Africa’s Bakongo culture and, later, American slave culture. The belief was that the living world was connected to the spirit world by water, so a jug or other item that holds liquid could help the deceased person navigate the watery course to the afterlife. The Ohio Folk website describes these objects as “…memory laden mosaics... time capsules that link the past to the present..."
Memory Jug--a Southern folk art form that traces its roots back to Africa. Sometimes you'll find these homemade assemblages in South Louisiana cemeteries. This is a beautiful example. The trinkets were affixed with window putty or thin mortar, and the jugs, vases or jars are fragile.