Compendium of symbolic and ritual plants in Europe
Trees & Shrubs, Herbs
Marcel De Cleene
Botanical: popular names, habitat, description
Cultural: rituals, mythology, symbolism, magic, popular customs, popular beliefs, fairytales, sagas, legends
Uses: herbalism, popular remedies, cosmetics, agriculture, industry, crafts, home, garden and kitchen
A modern reference work on the part played by herbs, shrubs and trees in mythology and religious and profane rituals and the symbolism that derives from them. Many customs that 21”-century man finds perfectly normal once had a far deeper significance.
It is an academically sound survey of the knowledge of ritual plants over the centuries, taking a broad view, plus a critical look at how correctly plant species are named in the literature.