Friday, January 28, 2011
Ceres - Goddess of Agricultural
On the British Isles, the ancient Britons performed a different (and kinder) ritual. Sylvia Kent writes in her book Folklore of Essex ISBN 0-7524 3677 5.
“A corn dolly, fashioned from the last stalks of the previous harvest, was laid in the first furrow and ploughed into the earth. This was done so the corn goddess, whose spirit was believed to reside in the corn dolly, would look kindly on the farmers and ensure that the forthcoming harvest would be bountiful.”