Plants of Life, Plants of Death

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1998 - Gardening - 568 pages
This study examines plants associated with ritual purity, fertility, prosperity and life, and plants associated with ritual impurity, sickness, ill fate and death. It provides detail from history, ethnography, religious studies, classics, folklore, ethnobotany and medicine.
 

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Contents

ON SWEET BASIL IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
7
Care and Worship of Household Tulsi Plants
20
SACRED FIGTREES OF INDIA
41
MANDRAKE A ROOT HUMAN IN FORM WITH NOTES
101
Mandrake in Matters of Love and Fertility
107
A QUESTION OF ODOR? GARLIC AND ITS RELATIVES
136
Suitability of Garlic and Onions for Offering to the Gods
147
Conclusions
155
Other Evidence of the Avoidance of Beans in Ancient
202
Conclusions
211
Favism The Disease and the Hypothesis
217
Other Evidence Bearing on the Likelihood That
230
PARALLELS AND SURVIVALS
250
Beans as Symbolic of Sex and as Containing the Spirit
262
Relationships between People and Their
296
Concerns of Ancient Peoples in Their Dealings with Ritual
302

The Pollution Concept and Color Symbolism of
163
THE COLOR BLACK IN THE PYTHAGOREAN BAN
192

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