fertility cult

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fertility cult

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice in some settled agricultural communities of performing religious or magical rites to ensure good weather and crops and the perpetuity of the tribe
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Seven-seat MPVs are what they are, a fertility rite or a punishment for failing to grasp the most basic of Darwin's principles.
BIRMINGHAM Mail reader Tony Levy referred to a Pagan fertility rite adapted by our current Spirit of Christmas that is inevitably lost in an end-of-year trade bonanza.
The popular Obando fertility rite dates back to the 14th century, but it was converted into a Catholic festival by Spanish friars when Bulacan was Christianized.
The rhythmic elements of the music are played out in scenes of a pagan fertility rite, as age is sacrificed and Mother Earth is worshipped.
Another, is to mark the Church's bid to Christianize the pagan fertility rite, Lupercalia, that paired young men and women.
But many of the significant pagan aspects of the day were ignored by our strait-laced ancestors and instead of a fertility rite, dancing around the maypole became a children's game.
Osundare, here beautifully re-enacts a traditional fertility rite of rainmaking, and in this, he symbolically functions as a shamanic rainmaker, a sort of human thunderstorm whose main concern is the good of the populace.
Belly dancing was originally an ancient fertility rite.
Abramovic's ribald, Slavic fertility rite is notable for being the only segment in which women are presented as more than helpmates.
I'm sure some historian will pop up and point out that morris dancing is actually an ancient fertility rite.
In it she explores the "inversion of death" implied in the flowery fertility rite of Ophelia's death, in Desdemona's repeated crossing of the border between life and death at the end of her life, and in Juliet's life-in-death in the tomb.
The giving of favours is also a fertility rite in many countries.