9780230610644

Goddesses, Elixirs, and Witches Plants and Sexuality throughout Human History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230610644

  • ISBN10:

    0230610641

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

From the earliest times, the medicinal properties of certain herbs were connected with deities, particularly goddesses. Only now with modern scientific research can we begin to understand the basis and rationality that these divine connections had and, being preserved in myths and religious stories, they continued to have a significant impact through the present day. Riddle argues that the pomegranate, mandrake, artemisia, and chaste tree plants substantially altered the development of medicine and fertility treatments. The herbs, once sacred to Inanna, Aphrodite, Demeter, Artemis, and Hermes, eventually came to be associated with darker forces, representing the instruments of demons and witches. Riddle's ground-breaking work highlights the important medicinal history that was lost and argues for its rightful place as one of the predecessors

Author Biography

John M. Riddle is Alumni Distinguished Professor emeritus of History at North Carolina State University, where he holds appointments in the history and botany departments.

Table of Contents

Inanna'sHuluppuTree, Pomegranates, and Sexual Power
Pomegranate as Eve's Apple
Mandrake, the Love Apple, and the World’s Religions
Artemisia, the “Mother Herb”
The Chaste Tree
Hermes, Herbs, Elixirs, and Witchess
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