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Religious & Useful Plants of Nepal & India.
Second Revised Edition, by Trilok Chandra Majupuria, Revised by D.P. Joshi. M. Gupta (publisher), Laltipur Colony, Lashkar (Gwalior) India. 1989. 303 pp. softcover. Approx. $20.00

This little volume is subtitled "medicinal plants and flowers as mentioned in religious myths and legends of Hinduism and Buddhism." A fascinating book detailing the religious and folk traditions of the subcontinent. Under Tulsi or Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) we learn not only of Hindu legends, but Christian ritual use of the plant. Sixteen different legends or religious myths are detailed. The stories are followed by biological information, including descriptions, species used, medicinal use, recent pharmacological research and cultivation data, including traditional planting by position of the planets. It is illustrated throughout. This fascinating book covers the sacred and symbolic legends and use with 96 main entries, a chapter covering 12 grain-producing species, and a chapter on six vegetables. Additional chapters include a discussion on vegetarianism vs. non-vegetarianism, taboos in the world of vegetations, and importance of plants and trees. Truly a unique volume. I hope someone will distribute this book in the U.S.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.