This autumn children's game, a variant of "tag," comes from the old Hwicce tribal territories in England's southwest Midlands. Like many traditional children's games, it is circular, self-replicating, and orally transmitted. The game's ritual structure and deeply mythic resonances will hardly be lost on anyone likely to be reading this post.
Players gather in a circle, hand-in-hand, around a mound of leaves. (In some versions, they circle.) They chant:
Leaf Man Rise Up Leaf Man Rise Up Leaf Man Rise Up