The Infar-cake or Dreaming-bread

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By F. Marian McNeill

Published 2015

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In early times the bride’s cake of rural Scotland was a richly shortened oatcake, which was used as infar-cake. The breaking of the infar-cake over the head of the bride on the threshold of her new home is a very ancient custom, having its origin in the Roman rite of conferratio, in which the eating of a consecrated cake by the contracting parties constituted marriage. (Scots law, althou