Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 28, 2011

Basil Folklore


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BASIL FOLKLORE

     The herb basil has a duel association.

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     In Persia, it’s generally used at funerals, where its basil tuft waves its fragrant blossom over graves. Its name means royal, or kingly. It was kept in Egyptian house for its fragrance.

A wedding song, sung as a solo:

fine, fine,

smell and pick it,

its leaves are fine,

make a bunch of it

for the bride and the bridegrooms.

Chorus:

O Basil, O woman,

The basil, O woman,

The basil, the basil.

     Yet, an English physician in Italy, Dr. Raymond, affirmed that he found by experience that this herb, if put under a stone in a moist place, would produce a scorpion on two days time.

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     Why does basil have this duel association?

     It is its property that being handled gently, it will produce a pleasant smell. But being hard wrung or bruised, it will breed scorpions.

     An Italian, through the oft smelling of an herb called basil, had a scorpion bred in his brain, which did not only a long time grieve him, but also at the last killed him. Jacobus Hollarius, a learned physician, affirms it for truth. Take heed, therefore, ye smellers of basil. 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

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BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

Dare to be a Clown: Clown Types

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