“In the dirt?” Beth wrinkled her nose and gave me a wry smile.
“I guess so. It was supposed to inspire the earth, or something. Granddad said the old farmers claimed it gave them better yield, drought prevention, all sorts of good luck. Babies, too, probably.”
“Participation mystique,” said Beth.
“That’s what they call it. ‘Do as we do.’ She is the earth and he is the rain and new life is born of their union. Every primitive culture practiced some form of the same fertility rite.”
Lord Malinov, Journals of Lord Malinov