The Folklore Of Plants

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Discovering The Folklore Of Plants

Author : Margaret Baker
ISBN : IND:30000054071448
Genre : Nature
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To primitive man the whisper and movement of leaves and the silent unfolding of flowers were proofs of life and power, and their regeneration was a promise of nature's continuity. Cures, magic, divination and portents were all connected with the rich variety of available plant life, especially in verdant Britain. Some of these beliefs were astonishingly long-lasting and, even if an altered or faded form, have survived the sophistications of modern life, as this book sets out to show. This volume is arranged in alphabetical order and is illustrated with engravings from old herbals.
Category: Nature

The Mythology Of Plants

Author : Annette Giesecke
ISBN : 9781606063217
Genre : Literary Collections
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This engaging book focuses on the perennially fascinating topic of plants in Greek and Roman myth. The author, an authority on the gardens, art, and literature of the classical world, introduces the book’s main themes with a discussion of gods and heroes in ancient Greek and Roman gardens. The following chapters recount the everyday uses and broader cultural meaning of plants with particularly strong mythological associations. These include common garden plants such as narcissus and hyacinth; pomegranate and apple , which were potent symbols of fertility; and sources of precious incense including frankincense and myrrh. Following the sweeping botanical commentary are the myths themselves, told in the original voice of Ovid, classical antiquity’s most colorful mythographer. The volume’s interdisciplinary approach will appeal to a wide audience, ranging from readers interested in archaeology, classical literature, and ancient history to garden enthusiasts. With an original translation of selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, an extensive bibliography, a useful glossary of names and places, and a rich selection of images including exquisite botanical illustrations, this book is unparalleled in scope and realization.
Category: Literary Collections

The Mythic And Magickal Folklore Of Plants

Author : T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
ISBN : 1435731395
Genre : Ethnobotany
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First published in 1889, this still-unparalleled exploration of mythic and magickal plant lore from around the world includes chapters on Lightning Plants, Plants in Witchcraft, Plants in Demonology, Plants in Fairy-Lore, Plants and the Weather, Plants in Folk-Medicine, and much, much more. The Mythic & Magickal Folklore of Plants is a treasure house of traditional mystical, magickal and medicinal botanic information every GreenWitch should know.
Category: Ethnobotany

Folklore And Symbolism Of Flowers Plants And Trees

Author : Ernst Lehner
ISBN : 9780486429786
Genre : Design
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This profusely illustrated archive of more than 200 flowers, plants and trees was compiled by two of the world's foremost collectors of pictorial symbols — who also happen to be devoted flower enthusiasts. Their comprehensive collection, rendered from rare illustrations, extends from ancient Chinese lotus buds to a basket of flowers in a 19th-century Valentine silhouette. Bouquets, wreaths, flowers of the months, and other floral designs are also included. In addition to providing a table summarizing the symbolic meanings of every known species — from absinth to zinnia — the authors explain the religious, magical and legendary significance of such flora as the mandrake, resurrection flower and mistletoe, and trace the development of many horticultural images in heraldic devices, emblems, and symbols. A visual treat for flower lovers, this essential sourcebook for artists, designers, and folklore enthusiasts will also be of value to botanical and gardening specialists.
Category: Design

Decking The Halls

Author : Linda Allen
ISBN : IND:30000068221849
Genre : Gardening
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Traces the culture, legends, and symbolism of traditional Christmas foliage, including holly, ivy, mistletoe, rosemary, and yule logs.
Category: Gardening

An Encyclopaedia Of Plants In Myth Legend Magic And Lore

Author : Stuart Phillips
ISBN : 0709091508
Genre : Reference
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In An Encyclopaedia of Plants in Myth, Legend, Magic and Lore Stuart Phillips brings together a collection of the stories, folk tales and legends relating to plants. Whereas at one time these folk stories might have been passed on from parent to child as a way of teaching something of the natural world, many are now largely forgotten – yet they are an important part of our folk heritage. Wherever possible, a complete a list of common names is given for each plant in this book. These names are as much a part of the plant’s folklore as the myths surrounding it and they also serve to show where the myths and lore relating to one plant may, at some point in the past, have been attributed to another plant with the same common name.This collection works as both a ‘dip-in’ book for items of interest and a comprehensive guide to the use of plants in art, literature and common customs.
Category: Reference

Plant Lore Studies

Author : Roy Vickery
ISBN : IND:39000005536094
Genre : Ethnobotany
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Category: Ethnobotany

Plant Lore Legends And Lyrics

Author : Richard Folkard
ISBN : 1731293550
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Brilliantly researched, beautifully typeset and illustrated, and at nearly 650 pages long, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the folklore, legends, and ancient knowledge of plants and trees. The first part gives a general outline, whilst the second part is an extensive encyclopedia of the folklore, legends, and magical and herbal uses of many plants and trees. This new reproduction is based on the second edition.

Vickery S Folk Flora

Author : Roy Vickery
ISBN : 9781474604635
Genre : Nature
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This book is a dictionary of British (native, naturalised and cultivated) plants and the folklore associated with them. Unlike many plant-lore publications Vickery's Folk Flora tells us what people currently do and believe, rather than what Victorians did and believed. The result is a vivid demonstration that plant folklore in the British Isles is not only surviving but flourishing; adapting and evolving as time goes by, even in urban areas. Each entry includes: - The plant's English and scientific (Latin) name, as well as significant local names. - A brief description of the plant and its distribution, and, in the case of cultivated plants, a history of their introduction to the British Isles - Information on the folklore and traditional uses of the plant, arranged where possible in a sequence starting with general folk beliefs (superstitions), use in traditional customs, use in folk medicine, other uses, and legends concerning individual representatives of the plant. In addition to the major entries there are a number of minor entries for feast days, diseases and other subjects which direct readers to relevant major entries, e.g. St. George's Day, on which red roses are worn; dandelions are gathered; and runner beans are planted.
Category: Nature

A Dictionary Of Plant Lore

Author : Roy Vickery
ISBN : IND:30000057511028
Genre : Reference
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SOme entries include information on uses and symbolism.
Category: Reference

Haunted Garden

Author : Sheryl Humphrey
ISBN : 1300553642
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Plant Medicine And Folklore

Author : Mildred Fielder
ISBN : IND:30000055895100
Genre : Botany, Medical
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Grouping plants according to the ailment they treated, Mildred Fielder covers historical remedies for everything from nosebleed to neuralgia, stomach aches to spider bites. Each plant is identified by both its common and botanical names, and many are illustrated in line drawings and photographs. An important chapter warns against do-it-yourself doctoring and lists dozens of poisonous or potentially dangerous flowers, vegetables, herbs, spices, vines, trees, and shrubs.
Category: Botany, Medical

Myths And Legends Of Flowers Trees Fruits And Plants

Author : Charles M. Skinner
ISBN : 9781447497790
Genre : Nature
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Originally published in 1911, this early work by Charles M. Skinner is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It delves deep into the mythology of the natural world and uncovers legends of times long forgotton. This is a fascinating work and highly recommended for all folklore enthusiasts. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Category: Nature

Unlucky Plants

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ISBN : IND:39000005588251
Genre : Social Science
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A summary of the results of a survey conducted by the Folklore Society between Mar. 1982 and Oct. 1984.
Category: Social Science

Plants Of The Devil

Author : Corinne Boyer
ISBN : 1945147156
Genre : Gardening
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Plants of the Devil examines the history and magic of herbs associated with Satan and his minions, delving into the folklore of ancient Europe and the British Isles. Examined in the book are the diabolical concept of the Wild Adversary and the Devil's Garden, Temptation, plants that harm and curse such as Blackberry, Stinging Nettle, Briar Rose, and Thistle, Poisonous Plants, herbs of evil omen, and herbs for protection, or 'Plants to keep the Dark Prince at bay.' The book will be of great interest to students of the occult, witchcraft, and plant folklore.
Category: Gardening

Ireland S Wild Plants Myths Legends Folklore

Author : Niall Mac Coitir
ISBN : 9781848890916
Genre : Nature
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In ancient Ireland there were 365 different parts to the body, and a different plant to cure each part. So the wild plants of Ireland are bound up in our culture and folklore from the earliest times. To arry a four-leaved shamrock brings luck in gambling, while putting nine ivy leaves under her pillow means a girl will dream of her future husband. Here plants are described in seasonal order, a perspective dating back to our ancestors. Different aspects of plant folklore are examined following a brief history of traditional herbal medicine in Ireland. Included are their roles in magical protection, in charms and spells (especially for love!), as emblems in children’s games, and in Irish place names.
Category: Nature

Plant Folklore

Author : Connie L. Taylor
ISBN : 1480863599
Genre : Nature
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Plants are all around us, and while we often reflect on the majesty of a great forest or the beauty of our gardens, how often do we notice the understated and varied wildflowers in the meadows, in the swamps, in the woods, and even along roadsides? What about all the woody plants and shrubs that so often appear as the backgrounds in our daily walks and hikes? Did you know that all of these plants and wildflowers have histories, some even playing a vital role in our lives and in our legacies? In Plant Folklore, author, photographer, and naturalist Connie L. Taylor shares over one hundred short stories and histories of the flora that surround our daily lives, exploring their folklore and explaining how our ancestors used them. Not only an entertaining history of the myths and truths about some of the herbaceous plants that grow across the country and especially in the hills of Appalachia, this collection of concise introductions also offers outdoor enthusiasts and budding naturalists tips and advice they can use to identify blooms and collect wildflower seeds or plants with respect and care. Plants are living histories, and each one has a story to tell. From hidden wildflowers to humble shrubs, the plants in our lives and along our hikes have at times been as essential to our survival as they are beautiful and fascinating. Plant Folklore will help you appreciate these important legacies as you learn about their histories, uses, and cultivation.
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Ireland S Wild Plants

Author : Niall Mac Coitir
ISBN : 1848892497
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In ancient Ireland there were 365 different body parts, and a different plant to cure each part. So Ireland's wild plants have been part of our culture and folklore from the earliest times, featuring in the Brehon Laws, early Irish poetry and herbal medicine. To carry a four-leaved shamrock brings luck in gambling, putting nine ivy-leaves under her pillow means a girl will dream of her future husband. Here the plants are described in seasonal order, the perspective of our ancestors. Different aspects of plant folklore are examined: their roles in magical protection, in charms and spells (especially for love!), as emblems in children's games, in Irish place names, and folklore cures.

Myths And Legends Of Flowers Trees Fruits And Plants

Author : Charles Skinner
ISBN : 1659958679
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"Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits, and Plants" is one of the most valuable botanical folkloric works ever penned. It contains a wealth of information on species considered of legendary import in antiquity (especially in Egypt and Rome) as well as within Arthurian legend and the then-modern folklore of Europe and the Americas.From the tale of Saint Patrick converting Ireland by using the shamrock to illustrate the trinity, to tragic tales of unrequited love, this book contains a dense compilation of botanical lore and is as much worth reading for its treatment of fun and fiction as of spiritual or medicinal literature.