For as long as humans have cultivated food crops, they have battled birds that eat newly-sown seeds or young seedling plants. The very earliest farmers devised ways of keeping birds from eating their crops, and the first known scarecrows were used nearly 5000 years ago. Scarecrows or "bird-scarers" have been employed by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, by ancient Chinese and Japanese, and by native Americans before the time of Columbus.
Most scarecrows have been remarkably similar over time and across cultures, usually resembling a human figure, dressed in old clothing and stuffed with straw or hay. They have been called by many different names, in many different languages. In various regions of England since medieval times they have been called hodmedod, murmet, hay-man, tattie bogal (or bogle), bodach-rocais (Scots Gaelic for "old man of the rooks"), mommet, mawkin and, in Wales, bwbach. Other names have included flay-crow, mawpin, mog, shay, guy, shuft, rook-scarer, kelson, and bebegig.
Scarecrows have figured in books, music, movies and comics. The oldest surviving book in Japan, from the year 712 AD, describes a scarecrow. And, of course, everyone is familiar with the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, one of Dorothy's companions in her journey along the Yellow Brick Road. Then there are several different comic-book villains called Scarecrow, most notably in the Batman Dark Knight movie trilogy.
So, if you're going to dress as a tattie bogal, choose one of our many Scarecrow costumes. We have styles and sizes to fit anyone, adult or child, male or female. Then have fun with some of the different scarecrow names--when your friends say, "Oh, you're a scarecrow," you can respond, "no, I'm not. I'm a hodmedod" (or a mawkin, or a bwbach, or whichever name you like best).