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Garden Folklore

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  1. Garden Folklore • Vegetables have played significant roles in the culture of many societies • Ideological and spiritual uses • Pseudo-scientific explanations

  2. Ideological & Spiritual Uses • Beliefs and superstitions used to explain natural phenomena • Alliums’ general ability to ward off demons and disease like Plague and Scarlet Fever • Have genuine ______________________ and _________________ properties • Sources of cosmological explanation • Native American stories using ____________ to explain the creation of the world

  3. Ideological & Spiritual Uses • Idols and spiritual characters in ceremony • ______________________ used in harvest ceremonies of New Guinea

  4. Ideological & Spiritual Uses • Jack O’ Lanterns • Irish myth of a drunkard named “Stingy Jack” who played tricks on the devil in life • When Jack died, he wasn’t allowed into heaven or hell, but the devil gave him a piece of coal to light his way through limbo, which Jack carried in a hollowed-out turnip

  5. Ideological & Spiritual Uses • Jack O’ Lanterns • People in Britain, Scotland, and Ireland carved faces into turnips, potatoes, and other vegetables to scare away wandering spirits like Stingy Jack • Immigrants brought the legend to the U.S., but pumpkins were found to be much easier to carve We are carved to scare away spirits…not a soul around us!Ha ha ha…Happy Halloween!!

  6. Pseudo-science & folk remedies • Doctrine of ________________ • 16th Century ‘Herbal’ used as a holistic medical text • Plant characteristics provided guidance to what disease they could cure

  7. Doctrine of Signatures • “Old man’s beard” hanging lichen moss containing usnic acid thought to prevent hair loss

  8. Gardening and Folk Traditions • Lore passed down as knowledge of ways to sow and cultivate plants • Correlations of spiritual or religious events with gardening practices have been passed down • Planting potatoes on Good Friday • Which plants grow well together • The 3 Sisters - Corn, Beans, and _____________

  9. Nightshades’ Darker Side • Mandrake • Contains __________________ alkaloids which cause euphoric sleep • Used by ancient Egyptians as anesthetic • Thought to resemble a human and let out a deadly scream when pulled from the ground

  10. Nightshades’ Darker Side • Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) • Contains scopolamine; very hallucinogenic • Name derived from event in Jamestown, VA in 1676 when British soldiers ate leaves in a salad and went mad for 11 days

  11. Nightshades’ Darker Side • Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) • Extremely ________________ • Applied dermally or on genital membranes by witches to produce a feeling of flying