A rustic deity or character in Britain who was identified with the last sheaf of the harvest. In that form, he was burned as a sacrifice, thus ensuring a good harvest the following year.
"Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!" - Robert Burns. Tam o' Shanter, 105, 106.
- Dixon-Kennedy, Mike. (1997). European Myth & Legend. London: Blandford.