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Xixist
02-16-2009, 09:25 PM
This from http://wine.about.com/od/winearoundtheworld/a/meads.htm

Mead and Celtic Tradition

In Celtic cultures, Mead was believed to enhance virility and fertility, while also contributing supposed aphrodisiac qualities. As a result, Mead quickly found its way into Irish wedding ceremonies. In fact, the term “honeymoon” is believed to have stemmed from the Irish tradition of newlyweds drinking honey wine everyday for one full moon (a month) after their weddings. Today, some Irish weddings still include a traditional Mead toast to the newlyweds as a fair tribute to times and well wishes of both old and new.

Xixist

Oskaar
02-16-2009, 09:54 PM
There's really no good historical evidence to support this.

See here (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showpost.php?p=69253&postcount=2) for a discussion of this and a reference to additional discussion on allaboutmead.com which is now defunct, but the good news is that Got Mead has all of the archives thanks to JamesP so you can search and read them to your heart's content. The earliest claim I know of is the Babylonian "Honeymoon" story (see here (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showpost.php?p=69333&postcount=1) ) in other stories I've seen in books and on the web. I haven't come across any verifiable historical evidence, just stories about, people sharing folklore, etc. I'm not saying it's not out there, just no one has been able to find any solid, verifiable documentation to that end.

Cheers, Oskaar

Xixist
02-17-2009, 03:33 AM
I keep finding new corridors of knowledge as I wander the library known as Gotmead. Never stop what you are doing here. I plan on becoming a patron as soon as possible, and please pardon my newb ideas.
Xixist

Oskaar
02-17-2009, 03:59 AM
No worries dude. I had boatloads of ideas until other people helped me sort out the real from the not so real. I wish Got Mead was around when I first started. It would have saved me a lot of time and detours!

Cheers, Oskaar

Xixist
02-17-2009, 04:27 AM
Oskaar, while I got your attention, you gonna make the Palm Springs Ren Faire on the weekend of March 21st? I know your close.
Xixist

Oskaar
02-17-2009, 04:56 AM
Doubtful, that's my sister's birthday weekend and it's a landmark birthday for her so we're having a shindig at my place. Don't tell her though, it's a surprise! :cool: