Pagan Survivals and Christian Adaptations


IT may interest some of the readers of NATURE to find that the institution of the “kern-baby” (corn-baby) still exists in our island; and a writer in the Christian World for October 3 was present at the bringing home, on the last load, of this Pagan institution, and was present at the harvest supper this, year, when the effigy was honoured by being placed on the table. It was, presumably, only a survival of olden time, when our ancestors “ate and drank” with their gods—especially the gods of agriculture (Judges, 9, v. 27).

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