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The Floral Wreath of Humanity

By Andrew Burgon /
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December 1, 2013

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 The Floral Wreath of Humanity Covers the Importance and Use of Flowers Throughout the Ages

Flowers hold a special place in the heart of humanity. Their use by humans harking back to ancient times. They are used as a visual expression of love, devotion, sympathy and respect. A silent way to reveal and express our innermost feelings and thoughts. Their presence is widespread and are used in countless ways from condolences offered to the adorning of gods.

In the series, ‘The Floral Wreath of Humanity,’ I’ll be writing about the history of flowers. How ancient civilizations used them. The language they have been imbued with and the symbolism they have assumed. We will also take a look at the many ways they are used around the world.

The Floral Wreath of Humanity

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Rose petals have made an appearance at some of the most bizarre, tragic and glorious moments of human history. Read my stories and see if you can guess the event in human history that I’m talking about.

Flowers of the Gods

Since ancient times people have showed their devotion and respect to the gods by offering flowers to them. Here we take a look at Isis, Aphrodite and Xochipilli and the place flowers took in the relationship between humans and the divine.

Monoi Oil From Tahiti

Monoi oil is a famous product hailing from Tahiti. A mix of coconut oil and the petals of Tiare flowers. Here we look at it’s history and use.

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A woman to whom all rose lovers owe a debt of gratitude…

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The Otherworldly Flower Called the Snapdragon

These flowers have been attributed with supernatural powers for hundreds of years.

The Beautiful Land of Flowers Called Tahiti

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