In Latvian mythology
is an agriculture
and fertility god. He is associated with "double-plants," such as two corn stalks or trees which have grown together and share a trunk or stem. During harvesting, some stalks of the crops are bent to the ground and secured in that location with stones. See also his holiday, Mikeli
, for the ritual called the Catching of Jumis.
Another ritual, called Jumja kersana, involves a procession, carrying some grains that symbolize a "captured" Jumis to the home, thereby ensuring the following year's harvest will be at least as successful.
He is depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.