By Patti Wigington
For our Northern Hemisphere readers, it’s time to thresh the grain and begin bringing in the harvest. In some European cultures, a corn doll was often used to represent the spirit of the harvested crops. However, Europe didn’t have a monopoly on this at all. In South American countries, some tribes took the largest portion of the crops — typically maize — and dressed it in clothing as an effigy. Here are how some cultures have honored the soul of the annual grain harvest: Spirit of the Grain.