The Corn Dolly is still widely used throughout Europe. It symbolises the spirit of the grain, and is meant to bring luck to the future harvest.
These Dollies would be made from the current harvest and sacrificed by burning, or ploughed back into the earth at the end of the harvest, usually the Winter Solstice, so they could be re-born as the spring grain.
It was also tradition to bring the Dolly into your home, where it would take pride of place and sometimes even given its own cot where it was looked after through the winter months.
There are a huge variety of different styles of dollies, and they vary from region to region through out a huge variety of countries coming in all different shapes and sizes, but they all more or less symbolise the same thing; to bring good fortune to the next years harvest.