A revelation

Am sure everyone of you are familiar with this nursery rhyme:

Ring around the rosie
A pocketful of posies
Ashes, Ashes
We all fall down.

As a kid i have done this whole lot of times. And, i cherish this much more than any other ‘cock-a-doodle-doo who wakes up first’ games!!! A smile automatically comes when i see the little angels play the game in the nearby playschool. I also realized, this little rhyme/game had a universal acclaim and all kids of young age played this.

I was reading the recent book of my favorite author Dan Brown and i learned that the poem had been derived from the Great Plague of London in 1665. Ring around the rosie meant a rose-colored pustule that developed in the body due to infection. The infected people used to carry a pocket full of posies in an attempt to hide the stink from their decaying bodies. When the victims who pass away were cremated they said ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

I could not fathom what i came to know. It was a shock for a long time, that, a crucial and breath taking era in history has been later on sung and played by little children and became categorically a rhyme.


8 thoughts on “A revelation

  1. Dan Brown’s explanations always sound true but are also far from the truth. He likes twisting facts to grab attention. This rhyme first appeared in 1881 whereas the plague was in the 1300s. Also it doesn’t make sense for people to make a game out of a deathly disease(that’s so absurd isn’t it)?
    Check Wikipedia and this link :http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.asp.
    There are also various variants to this rhyme. We used to sing ‘hasha busha’ not ‘ashes ashes’.

  2. Thats strange……..
    Its lik the unbelivable story that becomes a hard to understand sorts of the very familiar verse one usually doesnot pay much attention to coz its very commonly said and heard!

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