One of the elements of Mabon and other harvests consists of the tradition of John Barlycorn.
Generally, groups I’ve previously participated in, as well as solitary practice never incorporated good ‘ol John Barleycorn.
When one of the members of our group suggested the idea, I was open and curious to the tradition. I think it’s a worthwhile activity now.
"John Barleycorn" is an English folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting. Wikipeida.
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Poor John Barleycorn then got ripped apart and tossed for the animals to consume. May he rest in peace.
I hope everyone had a joyous and bountiful Mabon!