Traditions relating to the grain harvest and the baking and sharing of bread.
I have found out a few aspects of these traditions. If you would like to find out more for yourself there are some resources listed at the end.
If you have ever wondered about the different special days in the Celtic calendar throughout the year these might be helpful. Read on…
Michaelmas rituals described in the Carmina Gadelica are from the Western Seaboard and the Isles. Read on…
This was a feast dedicated celebrating Lugh the sun god, with a sacrifice of the fruits of the soil. Read on…
Not just growing food but caring for the Spirit of the Corn itself… Read on…
There is lots of scope here I believe for taking some of these traditions and creating new versions of them to emphasise the themes in community food growing groups.
Aspects of food growth, interdependency of people and the land, communal celebration, acknowledging and valuing the seasons and of course building community.
- Silver Bough Volumes 1-4 (1957-68) – F. Marian McNeill
- The Scots Kitchen F. Marian McNeill(1929)
- Carmina Gadelica – Alexander Carmichael
- The Golden Bough – James Frazer
- Scottish Folklore and Folk-life – Donald A Mackenzie
- The Goddess & the Green Man: The Festival Sabbat of Lammas
- A Year in a Scots Kitchen – Catherine Brown