…the Mocovi people [of southern Brazil] make ritual use of mead as a ‘sacred, shared beverage’ at festivals and ‘the natives lived in a constant state of intoxication.’ It was being made this way in 1943 – for there is only one recipe, and it goes back to the dawn of time… No fire is needed, nor even in this case a wooden trough or a cooking pot, which shows that it predates any form of industry. ‘The dried skin of a jaguar or deer was hung up by the corners to form a pouch, into which the honey was poured along with its wax, and then water was added. In the space of three or four days, the mixture ferments naturally in the sun.

The leather pouch, also used over a heart by the Fuegians and Eskimos is certainly the ancestor of the cauldron. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a sacred beverage for your story.

Journaling Prompt: Growing up, cranberry juice was a sacred beverage in our family. We only had it on Thanksgiving. What is your family’s sacred beverage?

Art Prompt: Sacred beverage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the purpose of sharing a sacred beverage and share a toast with them.

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