Cursing the Basil: And Other Folklore of the Garden

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TouchWood Editions, 1998 - Gardening - 209 pages
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Traditional spells and rituals for finding one's true love; the significance in myths of bay leaves, thyme and sage; the mania for tulip bulbs that caused stockmarkets to crash in Holland; the symbolism of royal wedding bouquets, and much more, are all described in this exploration into the strange history of many plants.
 

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Contents

SPELLS AND RITUALS
1
Courtship
9
Aphrodisiacs
21
Fairy Tales
32
Death
49
Gardening Lore
60
Childbirth
78
Household Fresheners and Fumigants
85
Floral Symbolism
131
Witches Fairies Lightning and Other Evils
138
TRADE AND POLITICS
145
Trade and Commerce
156
Coronation Ceremonies
165
Political Royal and Heraldic Symbols
171
Plants and War
183
Bibliography
191

Medicinal Theories
99
MYTHOLOGY RELIGION
114
The Bible
125

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