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Originally posted by lucysadvocatepicture was of a tree and a river and from the tree hung a bushel of hay tied around the middle, what does that symbolize?
1: a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
The emblem of a sheaf of wheat, or generic corn, is a common symbol for the Eucharistic bread or bread of life. Grapes or vines similarly represented the wine. Consequently, a sheaf of corn hanging in a tree denotes Christopher's staff symbolically supporting the body of Christ. When the sheaf is near a stream or waterfall, it confirms the allusion to Christ-Offero, the bearer across the stream. The same symbol of grain occurs in representations of Mary, for example, who is often shown holding both a book and the wheat, symbols of her gifts to humanity. In nativity scenes, the infant Jesus sometimes rests his hand on a sheaf of wheat.