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Gifts from the Gods; Beer, Corn and Bread

This week we continue our celelbration of Lammas, the Sabbat where we celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. Central to the first harvest is Wheat, Corn and, of course, Beer.


Many different civilizations and peoples down the ages and around the world had deities dedicated to beer or brewing, or some related endeavor. There are over 100 different deities to drink a toast to, and we'll take a look at just a few.

Deities dedicated to wheat are, for the most part, goddesses, although there are some Gods as well.

Native Americans recognize dieties and spirits of Corn.


For many cultures, the breaking of bread is symbolic of peace and hospitality. Our beloved bread, a mainstay around the world and down the ages has lots of symbolism, as well as superstition - and a few interesting quotes.


Also, I have a BBC report that I found on Youtube, all about a Peruvian Beer ritual that reaches back to pre-Columbian times.

Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!

Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include Loreena McKennit: "The Wind that Shakes the Barley"; The Revels: "Good Ale"; Gaia Consort: "Heather in the Mead"; Steeleye Span: "Four Nights Drunk"; Fairport Convention: "Now Be Thankful" and more.



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