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In Latvian mythology, Jumis 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.