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NANE

 

Nanenin adı Minthe, ölüler ülkesinin tanrısı Hades'in gönül verdiği nympha'nın adıdır. Güzelliği dillere destan bir Naiad (su perisi)'dır.

 

Rivayete göre Minthe'nin yaşadığı yer bugünkü İzmit yöresindeki ormanlardır.

 

Minthe mi Hades'i yoksa Hades mi Minthe'yi baştan çıkardı bilinmez ama Hades’in karısı Persephone her durumda Minthe'yi kıskanır.

 

Günün birinde Persephone kıskandığı bu güzel su perisinin ayaklarının altına alır ve ezer. Sevgilisine acıyan Hades de, onu bildiğimiz güzel kokulu naneye çevirir.

 

Bir başka hikâye de Persephone'nin Minthe'yi toza dönüştürdüğü, Hades'in de toprağa serpilen bu tozlardan nanenin filizlenmesini sağladığıdır.

  

Dilimizdeki mentol ve mentollü kelimelerinin kaynağı da bu menthe (nane) kelimesidir. Mentol eski Yunanca – Latince karışımı bir kelimedir, aslı mentha oleum olup, nane yağı anlamına gelmektedir.

  

Nane her çağda arı sokmalarına karşı, hastalıklardan korunmak ve sıcak duyguların ifadesi için kullanılmıştır. Ruhu canlandırdığı ve arıttığı da düşünülmüştür. Bu nedenle cenaze ritüellerinde de kullanılmıştır.

 

Vücutlarını çeşitli aromatik bitkilerle ovan eski Yunanlılar naneyi kollarını ovmak için kullanmışlar ve nanenin kokusunun gücün kokusunu simgelediğine inanmışlardır. Ayrıca nane, misafirperverliğin bir sembolü olarak masaları ovmakta kullanılmıştır.

 

Nane Venüs'e atfedilen bir bitkidir. Sevgiyi, aşkı, tutkuyu, bağlılğı ve erdemi simgeler.

 

 

Güneş İlhan, 17.07.2013, İstanbul

   

              

MINT

   

The word mint comes from Minthe. Minthe (Menthe, Mentha or Mintha) was a nymph in Greek mythology. She was a Naiad of great beauty. She lived in the river Cocytus, that flowed around the Underworld.  She was beloved by Hades and metamorphosed by Demeter or Persephone into a plant called after her minthê, or mint, or, according to others, she was changed into dust, from which Hades caused the mint plant to grow forth.

 

Was it the nymph who seduced the lord of the Underworld, or was she dazzled by his golden chariot and about to fall under his spell?  The story is told both ways, but in either case Persephone was not pleased with her  husband’s attentions to a nymph.  She changed Minthe into a plant, perhaps to rescue her from Hades’ advances, or possibly in a rage of anger against the other woman.

 

In ancient Greece, mint was used in funerary rites, together with rosemary and myrtle, and not simply to offset the smell of decay; mint was an element in the fermented barley drink called the kykeon that was an essential preparatory entheogen for participants in the Eleusinian mysteries, which offered hope in the afterlife for initiates.

 

 The Pharisees in Biblical times paid taxes with mint. The Greeks used it in medicine and in temple rituals. It was strewn to refresh the air in homes and hospitals.

  

Because Philemon and Baucis rubbed the table with mint before serving a meal to Zeus and Hermes, who had been traveling incognito and who had been snubbed by villagers, it has become a symbol of hospitality.

       

Mint is a symbol of protection of illness and warm feelings. Mint can also symbolize fidelity, virtue, and precious moments.

     

Mint was believed by the ancient Greeks to be cleansing, and Pliny tells us the smell “reanimates the spirit”.

 

Mint has also been said to be an appropriate offering to Venus the deity of Love. For the Greeks, Mint was also a magic herb that brought clarity and insight. As a fragrance, people of Athens were known to anoint different parts of their body with aromatic herbs; Mint was reserved for the arms, to give them the smell of strength. Spearmint, which is likely the kind of mint familiar to the Ancient Greeks, is attributed to Venus and Water. 

  

Mint was a prominent herb in Ancient Greece and was used in funerary rituals as well as in Demeter’s Eleusinian cult.

 

In the language of flowers mint stands for Virtue and symbolizes Love, passion, humble virtue and enhances sexuality.

 

Güneş İlhan, 17.07.2013, İstanbul

       

  

  

 

  

       

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