Through out the months of August, September and October, many different beliefs and cultures celebrate some type of harvest festivals. Even though many of my posts in the Grove deals with the European continent, I would like to talk about a Native American harvest festival known as The Green Corn Festival.
This festival was held also a religious renewal. Members of the tribes would clean out their homes, throw out ashes, buy or make new clothes. The tribal towns and homes would be cleaned of all the trash and broken items, would be put into a heap and then burned. Some tribes partake of a drink that would cleanse the body, as well. This drink was known as the Black Drink. This drink would cause the individual to vomit. You would probably ask, "Why would anyone cause themselves to vomit?" Well, this was considered to purify the participants from minor 'sins' and then they would be in a state of perfect innocence.
At the end of the day, the members of the tribal towns would gather and feast. After the Green Corn Festival, some corn was left on the stalks to ripen even more. Dried corn and corn meal made from it was very important as staple food to the tribes during the months of winter.
All clan matrons would take coals from the sacred fire in the circle to their home fires. In some tribes, all would bring out their furniture and destroy them and then they would make new furniture.
So you see the idgenious people of North American were no different in their harvest festivals as the European ancestors. People lived closed to Mother Earth and depended on this closeness. The seasons determined our way of life. Just as then, we are ALL part of the Sacred Circle of Life.