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david poole
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In regards to Ross Nichols, that is a very interesting story. Nichols was a life long Christian and member of the Universalist Church, Gerald Gardner was interestingly a member of another church and I think George Watson McGregor Reid was as well. I don’t really know anything about Universalism but Nichols remained an adherent up to his death and regularly attended services. So what exactly was he trying to do and what exactly did he believe in? Are some sects of Christianity inherently compatible with paganism? Personally Jesus is not someone who I believe in and I would rather worship Nature. I wonder how Nichols managed to reconcile both of his faiths.

I tried reading the White Goddess but was not very impressed with it and have not gotten very far; I have read far more books since then. It does not appear to be a particularly well researched or disciplined book. I am very suspicious of it all round. I must get around to reading the Golden Bough, to me this feels like a far more tempting proposition.

It is somewhat ironic that the actions of a leader or king can trigger the very series of events which can lead to their downfall, in a kind of self fulfilling prophecy. By heading the prophecy’s words they basically make it come true, whereas before they would never would have known and it might never have happened at all.

In pre Christian pagan tradition it was believed that the spirit of the corn lived among the grain and that harvesting effectively made it homeless. See The Golden Bough, Corn Mother and Corn Maiden in Northern Europe (this book is already looking better than Graves, luckily I have it with me report later!) The corn spirit was customarily attached to the last sheaf of the harvest, where it would remain throughout winter until it was ploughed into the first furrough of the new season.

According to Frazer,

“In the neighbourhood of Danzig the person who cuts the last ears of corn makes them into a doll, which is called the Corn-mother or the Old Woman and is brought home on the last waggon. In some parts of Holstein the last sheaf is dressed in women’s clothes and called the Corn-mother. It is carried home on the last waggon, and then thoroughly drenched with water. The drenching with water is doubtless a rain-charm. In the district of Bruck in Styria the last sheaf, called the Corn-mother, is made up into the shape of a woman by the oldest married woman in the village, of an age from 50 to 55 years. The finest ears are plucked out of it and made into a wreath, which, twined with flowers, is carried on her head by the prettiest girl of the village to the farmer or squire, while the Corn-mother is laid down in the barn to keep off the mice. In other villages of the same district the Corn-mother, at the close of harvest, is carried by two lads at the top of a pole. They march behind the girl who wears the wreath to the squire’s house, and while he receives the wreath and hangs it up in the hall, the Corn-mother is placed on the top of a pile of wood, where she is the centre of the harvest supper and dance.”

Corn Dollies have been around for thousands of years with some designs dating back to around 4000 BCE; carvings on old tombs in Egypt date back even further, to around 6000 BCE.