The green-skinned children of Woolpit are the subjects of a medieval English legend that dates back to the 12th century. According to the legend, two children with green skin were discovered near the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England.
The children, a boy and a girl, were said to have been found in a wolf pit (hence the name “Woolpit”) by a local farmer. They spoke an unknown language and wore unfamiliar clothing. The children refused to eat any food that was offered to them, except for raw beans. They eventually learned to eat other food and lost their green color.
The girl eventually became sick and died, while the boy learned to speak English and explained that they came from a place called St Martin’s Land, which was always in twilight and had a sun that never rose high in the sky. He said they were tending their father’s flock when they heard a loud noise and found themselves in the wolf pit. The boy eventually lost his green color and became assimilated into English society.
Many theories have been put forth to explain the legend of the green-skinned children of Woolpit. Some suggest that the children were the descendants of Flemish immigrants who had settled in the area and that their green color was due to malnutrition. Others believe that the children were part of an abandoned colony of children who were raised by wolves. Some have even suggested that the children may have been aliens or beings from another dimension.
However, most scholars believe that the story is likely a fictional legend that was used to explain the presence of a group of outsiders in the village of Woolpit. The story has become a popular folk tale and has been the subject of many books, plays, and other creative works.
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