Princeton University Library Catalog

Hidden histories and ancient mysteries of witches, plants, and fungi / Frank Matthews Dugan (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Western Regional Plant Introduction Station, Washington State University, Pullman).

Author:
Dugan, Frank M., 1947- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
St. Paul, Minnesota : The American Phytopathological Society, 2015.
Description:
ix, 180 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
Summary note:
Discover ancient rituals and plant lore that formed the foundations for medicine, botany, and modern agriculture. For centuries, peasants leaped over bonfires with accompaniment of song, ale and courtship, in spring, mid-summer and fall, all to combat smut, rust, darnel, and rinderpest. During these times, rituals for protection of crops and livestock were the primary basis of social life and cohesion, and these rituals contributed to a vigorous plant lore that later transmuted into the foundations of medicine, botany, and modern agriculture. --Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-173) and index.
Contents:
Shadows of works and days: A revised history of cereals, legumes, and their pathogens from Neolithic through premodern Europe. -- Deep time of the cunning women: Origins, evolution, and exploitation of ethnobotany in Europe and the Mediterranean. -- Mare's eggs and thorn-apples: Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, maize, and other American plants in European folktales and other folkways. -- Kitchen witches: Facts, folklore and fakelore on the transfiguration of the herb-women. -- Vestiges of vanished Gods: Plants and agriculture in the calendars and customs of Northwest Europe.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Folklore.
ISBN:
  • 9780890544655 ((paperback))
  • 0890544654 ((paperback))
LCCN:
2014949531
OCLC:
902725256
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