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Excerpt from Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore by Ellen Evert Hopman

If the last sheaf is taken early, it is called “the Maiden” (the Land Goddess in her youthful aspect). If late in the season, it is called “the Cailleach” (the Old Woman of winter, the veiled one, the ancient Land Goddess). It is dressed in clothing appropriate to a maiden or a crone, and given a place of honor at the harvest supper table where it is toasted and thanked.

Some houses keep the Cailleach or the Maiden in the farm kitchen for luck, maintaining a small collection of such figures for years. A Corn Mother, Rye Mother, Pea Mother, Flax Mother, etc., …

Ellen Evert Hopman

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