Mistletoe at Cotehele
Mistletoe looking glossy during last weeks visit to Cotehele.
Culturally it’s a busy plant, there’s the well known kissing tradition, beloved by Hollywood and the music industry.
#metoo has illuminated that to be a less benign and darker force at times. Especially in the workplace.
Pre- Christians, and Ancient Greeks tagged Mistletoe with the responsibility of representing male fertility. The Celts took this to a whole new level and claimed Mistletoe was the actual semen of a chap called Taranis. Surely that would smart* a bit.
It takes the Romans to give Mistletoe a more comfortable festive responsibility . As part of Saturnalia it was hung around doorways and thresholds to protect those within and represented Peace, Love and Understanding.
*smart – verb, to feel or cause a sharp burning pain in part of the body.
More plant based Cotehele stuff,