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REVIVING RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES: BLESSING THE SEA AND THE CROPS

REVIVING RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES: BLESSING THE SEA AND THE CROPS

One of the most primitive of man's emotions was the propitiation of the deities for his daily bread The tiller of the fields would invoke the god or goddess of agriculture and fertility, and the fisherman prayed to the sea god. Christianity adopted this idea, and on the Continent the blessing of land and sea is frequently to be seen. But in England, since the Reformation, such ceremonies have been scarce, but are now coming into their own again. The lower photograph shows the blessing of the sea at St. Leonards

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