Plants of Life, Plants of Death

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1998 - Gardening - 568 pages
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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

Tulsis Special Ties with Vaishnavism
9
Benefits Gained from Worship of the Tulsi Plant
26
Tulsi in Foretelling the Future
31
Earliest Evidence of Sanctity of the Pipal Tree
49
Planting Care and Protection of Sacred FigTrees
63
Role of Sacred FigTrees in the Snake Cult of India
82
MANDRAKE A ROOT HUMAN IN FORM WITH NOTES
101
Mandrake and the Acquisition of Wealth 111
111
THE COLOR BLACK IN THE PYTHAGOREAN BAN
192
Other Evidence of the Avoidance of Beans in Ancient
202
Conclusions
211
FavismThe 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

Care of Mandrakes
125
Garlic and Onions as Foods of Bad Odor
140
Conclusions
155
Concerns of Ancient Peoples in Their Dealings with Ritual
302
BIBLIOGRAPHY
460
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Simoons is adjunct professor of geography at the University of Texas-Austin and professor emeritus of geography at the University of California-Davis.

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