Myths and symbolism of mead

Honeymoon

The expression “honeymoon” could be more than 4,000 years old. Legend says that this expression comes from a Babylonian tradition in which mead was drank at the feast following a wedding. From the day right after the wedding, the father of the bride would offer mead every day to his son-in-law. Drinking mead would make him strong and vigorous. This ritual would go on for one lunar month. This legend linking mead consumption to the couple’s fertility appears in many societies. This “honeymoon” tradition is carried on in the Middle Ages by Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon nobilities. After the wedding, the young newlyweds would drink mead for 28 days (lunar cycle and menstrual cycle), supposedly to guarantee a male descendant.

Some of the mythical virtues associated to mead
  • its consumption brings strength, courage, and knowledge;
  • its fabrication and its festive consumption brings about social cohesion;
  • sexual and fertility symbolism (honeymoon);
  • precious reward to warriors and kings;
  • its consumption offers immortality, longevity, wisdom, and vitality;
  • medicinal digestive properties, and also an antidote.