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

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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!!

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7 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

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

9 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 _____________

10 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

11 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

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


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