By Alexander Porteous
Assembled from a tremendous diversity of assets, this attention-grabbing booklet is a mind-expanding compendium of evidence, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes approximately bushes and the woodland. integrated are descriptions of previous forests; woodland customs, temples and sacred groves; legendary wooded area creatures comparable to witches, fairies, demons, wooden spirits, the "wild huntsman," and wooden nymphs.
The writer additionally recounts evidence and fables approximately person timber, together with well-known bushes through the global, strange timber, tree worship, people's transformation into bushes, and disposal of the lifeless in bushes — in addition to folklore approximately fossil bushes, tree bark, leaves, thorns, diving rods, and xmas logs.
This long-unavailable treasury of legend and lore should be welcomed through naturalists, anthropologists, scholars of folklore, and common readers alike. "A paintings which the curious will like to seek advice … a booklet which might be in each top university library, and on the hand of each one to whom connection with such issues is important." — Saturday Review.
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In the direction of the top of the Epic, Hea-bani is back pointed out, as addressing convinced timber which, Professor Sayce says in his version of Mr. Smith’s quantity at the Chaldean Account of Genesis, p. 257, “ are meant to have the facility of listening to and answering him. Hea-bani praises one tree and sneers at one other, yet from the mutilation of the textual content it doesn't seem why he acts so. We might conjecture he used to be looking a appeal to open a door he mentions, and that in keeping with the tale this attraction was once recognized to the bushes. ” After his victory over Khumbaba, Izdubar used to be proclaimed king in Erech. The goddess Istar fell in love with him, yet he rejected her advances, whereupon she brought on grievous trials to fall upon him, and, furthermore, slew Hea-bani. Izdubar then resolved to refer to his ancestor Hâsisadra, who lived far-off within the land of the immortals. He for this reason travelled via unusual lands, encountering at the method definite supernatural beings often called Scorpion-men. those, figuring out that he used to be less than the safety of the gods, allowed him to proceed his trip. He got here ultimately to a superb woodland located at the beaches of the ocean—the waters of demise. The timber of this wooded area bore as fruit emeralds and different important stones, yet they have been guarded via maidens named Siduri and Sabitu. those mistrusted Izdubar and refused him entry to their living. the sea at the shorelines of which he chanced on himself separated the land of the dwelling from the land of the useless, yet Urubêl, the ferryman, pitying him, took him throughout and landed him at the immortal shore. the following he met his ancestor, who gave him complete directions how one can act, by way of following which he won all his wishes, and back thoroughly to Erech. Alexander the nice, in the course of his wanderings, is related to have encountered a wooded area of Maidens or Flower-Women. nine Dante describes the Cimmerian woodland, that infernal woodland the place the knotted, dark-leaved timber spoke to the wanderer whilst he endeavoured to pluck a sprig. while Orpheus used to be lamenting the lack of Eurydice and fingering his lyre within the abandonment of his grief, historical culture relates how, once the 1st depression traces have been heard, a woodland of Elm bushes sprang up, less than one in every of which he reposed after his day trip to Hades had failed. bankruptcy II remarkable FORESTS Forests of Romance and fantasy. THE Romances of the center a long time comprise many allusions to forests well-known in fantasy, and enchanted forests filled with magic. a number of of them are hooked up with the hunt for the Holy Grail, and relate the adventures of the gallant knights who determine in Arthurian Romance as having undertaken that quest. The enchanted wooded area of Broceliande in Brittany will be regarded as a kind of all that's top in romance, and the legends attached with it teem with the chivalry of bygone a while. it really is for ever linked to the identify of Merlin, being reputed to include his tomb, or particularly where of his appeal, as legend tells that he was once enchanted through Vivien, the woman of the Lake, and entombed lower than a superb stone.