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Thread #14888   Message #2879619
Posted By: GUEST
04-Apr-10 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Meaning of John Barleycorn
Subject: RE: Meaning of John Barleycorn
The original JB was a old english folksong, probably written during the time when the English were still known as the Anglo-Saxons, before Christianity came there. There may in fact be a connection to a Anglo-Saxon pagan entity called Beowa, who's name is Anglo-Saxon for "barley", so JB may have been about the pagan cycle of bith, life, death, and rebirth.