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5 Gula’s Healing Plants

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This chapter discusses the ancient world of plants, which is as fascinating as it is difficult to grasp. It presents the therapeutic indications of the two plants associated with Goddess Gula. The chapter shows that there is a correspondence between Gula's avatar plants and the afflictions associated with her. It also discusses the uses of the two healing plants when used as single ingredient or simple drug. The Goddess Ninigizibara is hardly known; her descriptive name can be translated as 'Well-regarded lady'. She belonged to the entourage of Inanna and served her as a harp Goddess. The name buʾšānu is derived from the root ba⁠ʾāšu 'to stink, smell badly' emphasizing one of the salient features of the plant. The term is homonymous with the disease name buʾšānu, which suggests that a characteristic smell was also indicative for the disease and that the plant buʾšānu was considered its principal healing plant.

Keywords: buʾšānu; Goddess Gula; Goddess Ninigizibara; healing plants



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