Sir James Fraser – The Golden Bough - The mistletoe
Type of Spiritual Experience
Has symbolism ended up being mixed with literal interpretation? I don't know, it may be Fraser's wrong interpretation. The mistletoe here will not be the one found in Europe
A description of the experience
Sir James Fraser – The Golden Bough
From time immemorial the mistletoe has been the object of superstitious veneration in Europe. It was worshipped by the Druids, and is held in similar regard by the Aino of Japan. We read that they, like many nations of the Northern origin, hold the mistletoe in peculiar veneration. They look upon it as a medicine, good in almost every disease, and it is sometimes taken in food and at others separately as a decoction. The leaves are used in preference to the berries, the latter being of too sticky a nature for general purposes. . . . But many, too, suppose this plant to have the power of making the gardens bear plentifully. When used for this purpose, the leaves are cut up into fine pieces, and, after having been prayed over, are sown with the millet and other seeds, a little also being eaten with the food.
Barren women have also been known to eat the mistletoe, in order to be made to bear children. That mistletoe which grows upon the willow is supposed to have the greatest efficacy. This is because the willow is looked upon by them as being an especially sacred tree.