Rose Lore

Rose Lore : Essays in Semiotics and Cultural History

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Throughout history and across cultures, important figures such as Nostradamas in France, Daniel Andreeve in Russia, Dr. Edward Bach in England, and Dr. Tomin Harada in Japan have brought to light the symbolic and medicinal qualities of the rose. Written by scholars and researchers from diverse backgrounds, the essays in Rose Lore are a rendering of global cultural history, literature, and metaphysics, woven together in a collection that will be valuable to several disciplines. The essays present numerous qualities of the rose as a symbol with broad cultural, social, and historical meanings: from astrology, to the history of Catholicism, to the new anti-Female Genital Mutilation global movement.show more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126679
  • 9780739126677

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This study of the prevalence and symbolism of the rose in varied cultures, literary traditions, religions, philosophies ... compels the reader to reflect upon the far-reaching influence and extensive significance of a familiar item that most of us have casually enjoyed without any idea of the degree to which it has affected-indeed permeated-our thoughts, health, beliefs, practices, icons ... This stimulating book is a reinforcement of the beauty and magnificence of a universe where even the simplest of creations speaks to us and influences our lives and thinking in innumerable ways. -- Daryl Cumber Dance, University of Richmond Dr. Tomin Harada created a 'peace rose' after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in the hope that this new variation of the rose would spread all over the world and erase hatred among mankind. For many survivors of the nuclear holocaust, therefore, the aroma of the rose still represents love and peace and brings them spiritual comfort. This collection of intriguing essays unfolds the hidden but powerful symbolic meanings and cultural background of the rose and reveals the profound nature of humanity which this flower signifies. The reason as to why the rose is a symbol of 'peace' is but one of the questions addressed in this fascinating book. -- Yuki Tanaka, author of Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US Occupation [Hutton] does an excellent job of unfolding the powerful message the rose carries along. The reader will benefit from exceptional cultural, historical, mystic, and semiotic analysis. [Rose Lore] is to be praised in cultural studies and in the humanities. -- Margarita del Olmo, Spanish Council for Scientific Researchshow more

About Frankie Hutton

Frankie Hutton is associate professor of history at Bowie State University and author of The Early Black Press in America, 1827-1860.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Wild Roses and Native Americans Chapter 4 FGM or Cutting the Rose in Alice Walker's Garden Chapter 5 Rose Symbolism in Qabalistic Tarot and Beyond Chapter 6 Tradition of the Rose in East Indian Culture and Ayurvedic Medicine Chapter 7 Rose to Rosary: The Flower of Venus in Catholicism Chapter 8 The Rose and Astrology Chapter 9 "Dying Laughing": The Rose from Yeats to Rumi Chapter 10 Rose Vignettes: Black Plague to Gulag Chapter 11 "...Blossom as the Rose" in OAHSPE, The Emerald Tablets, and the Holy Bibleshow more

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