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A Paragraph About Bubba Starling Written in the Style of "The Golden Bough"

Only in myth can we properly understand the glories of Dayton Moore's farm system.

A paragraph about Bubba Starling written in the style of The Golden Bough

Bubba Starling, celebrated across the midland pasturelands and prairies of America, is the latest incarnation of the child of nature who redeems. From the Mongolian steppes to the shores of the Aegean, we see that the archaic mind demonstrated an endless attraction to the figure of the rural innocent without a family who sets himself against the received court. The Green Child, as he is still known along the shores of the Aral Sea, returns each year, honored by Kazakh tribes with gifts of fresh acorns and garlands of wheat. The Green Child is prodigiously strong and is considered the "orderer of the tides." Speed is more commonly associated, and in both Estonia and Romania, there are ceremonies marking a lithe champion, one in Baltic regions associates with the flight of bees and the annual appearance of butterflies. Speed held a special place in the rustic mind, as it was a world still measured by the bounds and distances of the human foot and a day's walk or an hour's rush. In the Carpathians mountain streams were said to be pushed downhill by the Flower Boy. Overlap with messenger figures abound, but the Green Child's speed was not primarily that of a courier, but of the power of nature itself. Alternatively he could both carry and throw. One of the small pieces of Etruscan mythology that has survived tells of a teenager brandishing a scythe or a kind of bat and using it to produce the first mill. This bearer of athletic prowess gains his legitimacy from his connection to nature. Earlier, in one variation in Britain, Bede remarks that from Norwich to the Danelaw, haystacks were the home of Prince of the Harvest, while deep into Victorian times village mayors were told to place hay across the doors of their homes as an vehicle for bringing health and wealth to their town. Plainly, however, his is a pastoral myth, solemnizing man's dependence on animals and responding to the feelings of deep antiquity. In spite of his obvious strength and secondary associations with fertility, this Bubba is, ultimately, a man-child. One permanently boyish, even impish in some variations -- especially those along the Loire --. He is not, in our imaginations, ever fully a King or the progenitor of a line. He is the brother of man, a peer who appears suddenly each year, to redeem, reward, and amaze.