This spiral design is one of the oldest found in the British Isles. It is an ancient fertility symbol, made of the last cut of wheat of the fields; it brings good fortune and good luck in all things.
Many ceremonies are attached to the carrying of the Neck through the village, such as Morris dances specific to the gathering-in of the crops. Special songs, handed down from antiquity, were sung during the Neck’s journey through the village, before it was hung in the farmer’s house in a place of honor.
If a child was desired, the Neck was hung over the bed, bringing the fecund nature of the fields to the marriage bed,
Today, many consider the Neck the most typical example of the ancient art, and can be seen as a representative of ancient ways in such works as the original movie version of “The Wicker Man”.