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Author Riddle, John M
Title Goddesses, elixirs, and witches [electronic resource] : plants andsexuality throughout human history / John M. Riddle
Imprint New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 213 p. : ill
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Inanna's huluppu tree, pomegranates, and sexual power -- Pomegranateas Eve's apple -- Mandrake, the love apple, and the world's religions -- Artemisia, the "mother herb" -- The chaste tree -- Hermes, herbs, elixirs, and witches
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on July 14, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions
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 andreligious stories, they continued to have a significant impact throughthe 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 historythat was lost andargues for its rightful place as one of the predecessors
Link Original 9780230610644 0230610641 (OCoLC)473445986
Subject Phytotherapy -- history
Plant Preparations -- therapeutic use
Reproductive Medicine -- history
Sexual Behavior -- history
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological -- drug therapy
Spiritual Therapies -- history
Medicinal plants -- History
Sexual health -- History
Reproductive health -- History
Sexual disorders -- Alternative treatment -- History
Heilpflanzen swd
Mythologie swd
Phytomedizin (Medizin) swd
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
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