Garlands, Conkers and Mother-Die (BOK)

Roy Vickery

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Plants have had symbolic as well as practical meanings and uses since the beginning of human civilisation. This vivid account introduces readers to a rich variety of British and Irish plant folklore, drawing on Roy Vickery's own unsurpassed archives collated over forty years, and a wide range of historical and contemporary literature. Unlike other books which re-use material collected in the Victorian era, this book is based on new material collected by the author, and shows that while some of the wilder superstitions have faded we still cling to the symbolic importance of plants. Putting conkers in wardrobes keeps moths away, and parsley - the Devil's plant - only germinates if sown on Good Friday. A potato in the bed helps do away with cramp and in Cornwall crawling under a bramble bush was considered a cure for blackheads. From plants that foretold births and deaths, to herbal remedies, planting and harvesting rituals, friendship bushes and festive garlands this is a book of rich and living social history and folklore.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Roy Vickery
Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 9781441101952
Antall sider 232 Dimensjoner 14,7cm x 22,4cm x 3,7cm
Vekt 443 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd