Beltane cakes

Celtic - Round cakes made of barley or oatmeal. These cakes were used for drawing lots and the person who ended up with the black bit (previously marked with charcoal) was the sacrificial victim, the Beltane Carline. In Scotland pieces of the cake were thrown over the shoulder with pleas to various spirits to protect such things as the owner's cattle. Sometimes the cakes were rolled down a slope; any that broke portended misfortune for the owner. In some lore, occasionally known as Beltane cakes.

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