Read Mistletoe Man - China Bayles 09 Online

Authors: Susan Wittig Albert

Tags: #Mystery

Mistletoe Man - China Bayles 09 (40 page)

BOOK: Mistletoe Man - China Bayles 09
13.64Mb size Format: txt, pdf, ePub
ads

 

Frankincense and Myrrh

These
two
plants
(originating in Arabia, Somalia,
and Ethiopia) produce valuable gums that are used
as incense in ritual purification ceremonies by many peoples, including Hebrew,
Egyptian, and Arabic. The biblical author Matthew names them as gifts brought
to the Christ child, from which Christmas gift-giving is said to derive. But
this practice has other origins, as well. The Roman feast of Saturnalia
honored the god Saturn and was celebrated from December 12 through 17. Candles
were exchanged, symbolizing the coming of the light, as well as gifts of
honey, figs, and coins.

 

 

One of the very great pleasures of
learning more about the mysteries of the "useful plants" lies in
recognizing the many different roles they have played in the history of human
cultures. While the early magical origins of our familiar Christmas plants may
have been hidden by later cultural forces, it is fascinating to uncover them
and to know that the herbs and plants that play such an important role in our
favorite celebrations were loved and respected by people who lived millennia
ago, in a time and place very different from our own.

References
and Resources

 

If you would like to
receive the most recent issue of the Alberts' newsletter,
Partners in Crime
(including a list of their books), please write to
Partners in Crime, P.O. Box 1616, Bertram, TX 78605. Or you may visit the
Partners in Crime Web site at
http://www.mysterypartners.com
, where
you may download the recipes and subscribe to a free E-mail newsletter. (Susan
Albert's herbal newsletter,
China's
Garden,
is no longer being
published.)

 

Breast Cancer
Survival Manual,
by Dr. John
Link, Owl Books, 1998.

Flora's Dictionary:
The Victorian Language of Herbs and Flowers,
by Kathleen Gips, TM Publications, 1995.

The
Golden Bough,
by Sir James
George Frazer, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1922.

Herbs Against Cancer: History and
Controversy, by
Ralph

W. Moss. Equinox
Press, 1998.
The Meaning of
Flowers,
by Claire Powell.
Shambhala,

1979.

A Modern Herbal,
by M. Grieve (2 vols.). First published

in 1931, Dover
reprint edition 1971.
Mehndi:
The Art of Henna Body Painting,
by
Carine Fa-

bius,
Three Rivers Press, 1998.

BOOK: Mistletoe Man - China Bayles 09
13.64Mb size Format: txt, pdf, ePub
ads

Other books

Raven Quest by Jo Ann Ferguson
Crave by Teresa Mummert
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
Forest Fire by J. Burchett
Hotel Kerobokan by Kathryn Bonella
Wood's Reef by Steven Becker
The Titanic Plan by Michael Bockman, Ron Freeman
Bonds of Fire by Sophie Duncan